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Tonga embraces campaign to promote reading with children at home

Students from Fasi Moi Afi Government primary school, Tonga. Credit: Connor Ashleigh/AusAID

Reading with children at home is the focus of a World Bank-supported campaign encouraging Tongan parents to dedicate 10 minutes each day to this family-oriented activity. Data shows that children who have a family member read with them are equipped with the foundation for better reading and comprehension at school.

Research suggests, among others, that many children do not participate in any early childhood development activity at home that would develop their social and cognitive skills, thus arrive at school unprepared to take on the challenges of a new environment. The campaign, funded by GPE, aims to increase the number of children reading at home regularly to 80% by the end of 2017.

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East Asia and Pacific: Tonga