It takes a movement to conquer illiteracy.
It was a tough decision. Would I stay in my school, with my programme and my team, and enjoy seeing students succeed where they had previously failed? Or would I take the leap, strike out on my own to develop the programme and so enable many more children to leave school reading well?
When I did make the leap, it proved to be even harder than I expected. First of all it required building an organisation from scratch, which is no mean feat. Secondly, I quickly found that while many people sympathise with the cause of improving reading, few are willing to be its champions. I can say with some confidence that if it wasn’t for the support of allies and friends, I wouldn’t have made it this far. This post is about how important they are, and why they too are worthy…
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