Are your children learning to read or do you look back with fond memories of the days when they cracked the code and discovered the joy of reading?
Did you know there is a global literacy crisis caused by poor nutrition?
Save the Children’s ground-breaking new report Food for Thought shows that chronically malnourished children are on average 20 per cent less literate than their better nourished counterparts.
A quarter of the worlds children are chronically malnourished, so these findings point to a global reading crisis fueled by poor nutrition. The report shows that not having a nutritious diet can severely impair a childs ability to read and write a simple sentence regardless of the amount and quality of schooling they have received.
Never before has the scale of the link between poor nutrition and cognitive development been made so abundantly clear and Save the Children is appealing to the online community to help them tell the world about it.
A number of high profile children’s authors have also agreed to support the Food for Thought report with an open letter to G8 leaders – these include Julia Donaldson, Eric Carle and Philip Pullman.
In June, the UK will host a nutrition summit in London in advance of the G8 and Save the Children are appealing for your help to highlight this issue online and to send a clear message to world leaders.
This report will form part of the IF campaign where over 170 charities have joined together to call for the G8 to take action on World Hunger. Did you know that the world already produces enough food for everyone? That is why world hunger is such a scandal.
If you want to make a difference to this world crisis, sign the IF petition now.
BritMums are supporting Save the Children today with a Twitter party from 1-2pm where we will be chatting about children’s books and how reading makes lives happier and more fulfilling. We will be using hashtag #foodforthought and would encourage you to join in to highlight how important good nutrition is for cognitive development.
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