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Cities open the door for reading to children


Gothenburg, Turku, Milan, Brussels and Bristol partner up in an EU project to exchange knowledge on how to promote reading to children. The EU project is called "Open the door for reading". It is funded through the Erasmus+ programme and is coordinated by Gothenburg. Over the next two years, the project will include workshops, seminars and visits in all five cities.

The idea started from the Gothenburg initiative "The City Where We Read for our Children", which has the purpose to encourage reading with and for children early in their lives. Research shows that reading for and with children contributes to improved vocabulary, interest in reading and reading ability among children, leading to better educational outcomes and boosting employability. The initiative is part of the city's work on reducing disparities in living conditions in Gothenburg under the framework strategy "Equal Gothenburg". 

The first meeting of the EU project is taking place in Gothenburg this week. The purpose is to increase skills, dare to try new ways of working and develop ways to better promote reading to children. One of the focus areas is how to reach, support and strengthen newly arrived migrant families and their children.

For further information, please contact the project leader, Ms. Karin Eggert Kraft.