Save the Children have just launched a new campaign to highlight a global literacy crisis caused by poor nutrition. In a ground-breaking new report called Food for Thought, they reveal that chronically malnourished children are on average 20 per cent less literate than their better nourished counterparts. You can see some of the main findings from the report in the infographic below :
One in four children in the world are chronically malnourished, and the report shows that not having a nutritious diet can severely impair a child’s ability to read and write a simple sentence – regardless of the amount and quality of schooling they have received. 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, including Julia Donaldson, Eric Carle and Philip Pullman, have signed an open letter to G8 leaders to support the cause. In June, the UK will host a nutrition summit in London in advance of the G8 and Save the Children are releasing this report just before, and calling on world leaders to take action on this issue.
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 - the campaign's main call is around the fact that the world already produces enough food for everyone, so it makes no sense for people to be going hungry. You may remember me blogging about this here.
To mark the launch of the report, there will be a #foodforthought Twitter chat today (Tuesday 28th May) from 1-2pm to discuss the importance of nutrition for education and learning to read, as well as sharing news of your favourite children’s books and the joy of reading. Follow the hashtag #foodforthought and @kateonthinice for more information.
You can also sign the petition at http://savethechildren.org.uk/if
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