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The parents and children most in need of intensive literacy support do not always have a strong voice, but they do need to be heard. Reading Recovery champions are passionate about improving literacy for all children and have lent their support to help raise awareness of the needs of these most vulnerable children.
Journalist, author, presenter and producer, broadcast pioneer Janet Street-Porter arrived on our screens in 1975. At LWT, Channel 4 and the BBC she set the template for modern youth programming, winning a BAFTA for the ground-breaking Network 7.
Janet held the reigns of The Independent on Sunday from 1999 until 2001, where she remains as columnist and editor-at-large. Janet also writes a weekly column for The Daily Mail.
She appears regularly on the small screen presenting shows as diverse as The Money Programme for the BBC and The F Word for channel 4.
Baroness Susan Greenfield
Baroness Greenfield became Professor of Synaptic Pharmacology in 1996 at Oxford where she is also director of the Institute for the Future of the Mind.
In 1998 she was appointed director of the Royal Institution of Great Britain; a post she holds jointly with her chair in Oxford, where she continues to head a multi-disciplinary research group. She was awarded a CBE in 2000, and granted a non-political Life Peerage in 2001.
Susan has written a number of books disseminating science to academic as well as non-academic sectors, exploring topics including the basis of consciousness and human nature. Her latest book, ID: The Quest for Identity in the 21st Century, is an exploration of what it means to be human in a world of rapid change and, by drawing on the latest findings in neuroscience, looks at how we can promote our own individuality.
Chris Husbands is Director of the Institute of Education (IOE).
He has written extensively on issues of teaching, learning and education policy and is passionately committed to improving the quality of education and learning for all. He has worked closely in and with schools for all of his career and has advised government, government agencies and local government in the UK and internationally.
He is an avid reader, the father of four avid readers and understands the power reading gives to children – not simply allowing them to access the curriculum and teaching, but opening minds and imagination to writing of all sorts - fiction, non-fiction, prose, poetry, stories, history, science, fact, fantasy.
Swedish writer Henning Mankell is a bestselling author, translated into more than 40 languages. The TV series of his fictional detective Kurt Wallendar has been an international success and he holds the Swedish Kings Gold Medal Litteris et Artibus.
Henning's website relates his early experiences of literacy. His father encouraged him to read and when school had finished for the day he rushed to the library and lost himself in a book. At six his grandmother taught him to write and he still recalls the incredible feeling of writing a word, creating a sentence, telling a story.
He has been a passionate supporter of many causes including the eradication of illiteracy. "I say that it is a disgrace that we still let millions and millions of children enter the world without being able to read and write. By doing that we deprive them of the most fundamental tools necessary in trying to understand the world. Also, we deprive them of the possibility of finding out who they are and how to discover their own identity," says Mankell. "We neither can nor should allow ourselves to prioritize anything else but to make sure that every child gets the opportunity to learn how to read and write."
Footballer Gareth Bale plays midfield for Wales and Premier League Club, Tottenham Hotspur. He began his professional career at Southampton. He won the 2011 PFA Footballer of the Year, a peer nominated award and is quickly earning a reputation as a hard-working and focused player.
Gareth has an interest in primary education and through his sister, a primary school teacher, he has become aware of the potential negative impact of failing to learn to read and write. He is committed to raising the profile of the importance of education, regularly donating football memorabilia to a range of educational fundraising events. An excellent role model for young people, he has worked hard to achieve his success but has managed to keep his feet on the ground despite the world-wide attention he receives.