Despite an increase in school enrolment in recent years, 130 million children still attend four or more years of school and leave without basic foundational skills in literacy and numeracy. Moreover, 263 million children and youth are still not in school globally.
There is still much to be done in terms of getting more children into school and improving the quality of education. While there is great need to address the worldwide shortage of well-trained teachers and to build more schools, there is also a valid argument that governments should make book purchase a priority.
Studies show that learning aids including books have the most impact in learning outcomes for primary school children in developing countries. Yet in many schools, children share one old book between many.
How can this be addressed? Should investment focus on providing Open Access as opposed to physical books? Are books really more important than more and better trained teachers?
Sharing evidence from their experience and research, global education company Pearson together with Book Aid International and the Global Book Alliance will demonstrate the vital role of books in supporting educational attainment and the ways organisations and governments can work together to invest in improving access to new, high quality and relevant books.