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Column: Reading is not fun – it is a survival skill
Aleksis Salusjärvi teaches boys to read. He leads a Reading Center’s project, which aims to improve poor literacy skills of young males in vocational institutes.
Five Facts about Children, Youth and Reading
For quite some time, the Finnish education has received international acclaim for its high quality. However, in recent years, national and international evaluations have indicated certain decline in the literacy skills of children and youth. Simultaneously, the reading motivation among Finnish youth, particularly among boys, has deteriorated.
The National literacy forum reacts to growing differences between the students
Until recently, there has not been a national strategic plan to promote reading for pleasure in Finland. As a reaction to the growing differences between the students, the government took a step in 2017 to establish a national forum to tackle the issue and provide suggestions for the decision-makers and other actors.