Grassroots Literacy Assistance

Following the ‘Charity Short’ post ‘Helping Children Enjoy Reading’ I ventured into a pop up shop in Bradford that was giving away books  for free.  Organised by the Global Education Trust  1144969 (GET) they have 29 outlets offering free books in the belief that primary education must be free and available to all children to help raise child and adult literacy rates in the UK

GET as a small charity spends two thirds of it’s £60,000 annual income on rates and relies on donations, volunteers and free rents to fulfill the charitable activities that include:

  • Making its own charitable donation to support the activities of other registered charities for the advancement of education.
  • Provided funding for education overseas.
  • Donating educational materials to schools and UK communities
  • Collecting, sorting and redistributing books.

As well as providing physical resources globally, GET also consider providing financial assistance in the form of bursaries and educational support. They also believe that every adult deserves the ability to read and write. ‘Good standards of literacy form a key enabler in all walks of life.’

Concerns

  1. It is not easy starting and running a small charity.
  2. GET will have issues hopefully no worse than having had to restrict free books to 3 per person per visit to prevent commercial abuse of their charitable nature.
  3. Literacy is an issue and it is interesting to note in these 2 posts that at least 10 organisations are making some progress.

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