The First Minister's Reading Challenge, funded by the SNP Government, is now open to all pupils across primary and secondary schools in Scotland.
Secondary schools, libraries and community groups across North Ayrshire and beyond can now register to take part in the challenge which has been running in primary schools since 2016 and is delivered by Scottish Book Trust.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon MSP said:
"I set up the First Minister's Reading Challenge to instil a love of reading from an early age. Reading not only opens up a whole new world of adventure, but also helps develop and improve children's literacy.
"The evaluation of the programme showed it has been well received by pupils, schools and parents in primary schools. It is important we build on that enthusiasm and encourage young people to continue reading as they progress through their education into secondary school.
"Registration for this year's challenge is now open and I'm looking forward to seeing pupils from P1 to S6 getting involved."
Kenneth Gibson MSP added:
“It is excellent news that all secondary schools across North Ayrshire and Scotland will be able to take part in the First Minister’s Reading Challenge too.
“The evaluation of the first year of the programme, which was published in March, revealed that North Ayrshire was the first and – then – only local authority where all of our fifty primary schools were signed up – 100%!
"Literacy unlocks the wider curriculum, and it is great to know that pupils are enjoying, embracing and leading in this area of their learning.
“Not only primary and secondary schools are able to register; I would encourage libraries and community groups can participate too.”
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