LONDON cheap nike react element 87 mens , Sept. 24 (Xinhua) -- A school named in honor of one of Britain's most famous authors was the launch pad Thursday for a campaign to make English children the most literate in Europe.
Government Education Secretary Nicky Morgan visited the Charles Dickens Primary School in Southwark, London to announce a five year target to achieve the ambition she has set.
International surveys show that nine and ten-year-olds in England are currently ranked sixth in Europe.
Charles Dickens was the 19th century writer of many famous social novels including A Christmas Carol, Oliver Twist and Great Expectations.
As part of the campaign, Morgan has called on leading publishers to give secondary schools access to classic novels by Dickens and other great English authors such as Jane Austen and Emily Bronte at low cost to make sure every young person in England "can discover and enjoy the classic works."
She said she wants to tackle the "long tail of underachievement" which is still leaving too many children behind, particularly the most disadvantaged.
"If a child fails to learn how to read www.cheapreactelement87.com , the consequences can be nothing short of devastating, holding them back for the rest of their lives," Morgan said.
"I am absolutely determined to make sure that every child, no matter where they live or what their background, learns to read cheap nike react element 87 sail , to read widely and to read well -- giving them the best opportunity to get on in life. In fact, we're going further than that -- in the next 5 years, I want children in this country to become the best readers in Europe," she said.
Morgan described the launch as a rallying cry to leading publishers, schools and early-years providers to join forces in a bid to make English pupils the most literate in Europe in five years.
She was joined at the launch by television celebrity and children's author David Walliams. "Few things can compete with the joy of getting stuck into a good book and I believe that is something no child should miss out on cheap nike react element 87 ," Walliams said.
The target set out Thursday is part of an ambitious literacy campaign to create at least 200 new book clubs across the country, as well as seeing every eight-year-old enrolled at their local library.
A spokesman for the Department for Education said: "Evidence shows that children who develop strong reading skills early on are more likely to succeed at school, achieve good qualifications and go on to succeed in their adult lives and the world of work."
Mark Zuckerberg, Chairman and CEO of Facebook and his wife, Priscilla Chan cheap air max 270 coral stardust , arrive for a State Dinner hosted by US President Barack Obama for Chinese President Xi Jinping at the White House in Washington, DC, September 25, 2015 (AFP PhotoMolly Riley) Zuckerbergs to start school mixing learning and health
Facebook billionaire Mark Zuckerberg and his doctor wife on Friday revealed plans to start a private school in a hardscrabble Silicon Valley town, mixing education with health care.
Zuckerberg voiced pride in his wife cheap air max 270 triple white , Priscilla, for the plan to create "The Primary School" in the working-class city of East Palo Alto.
Chan works as a pediatrician and has also been a teacher, seeing first-hand how poor health hinders learning in classrooms, her husband said.
"Health and education are closely connected," Zuckerberg said in a post on his Facebook page.
"When children aren't healthy cheap air max 180 og ultramarine , they can't learn as easily."
"By bringing healthcare and education together in one place, the goal is to support families and help children from underserved communities reach their full potential cheap air max 95 just do it orange ," said Facebook co-founder and chief executive Zuckerberg.
The launch took place at 5:50 am Ulan Bator time on Sunday ((2150 GMT Saturday) from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida cheap air max 1 watermelon , United States.
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