New literacy programme launched in Cheltenham
A NEW literacy programme to help England’s disadvantaged and disaffected young people has been launched in Cheltenham.
Street!, a comic -based literacy programme, written by Tewkesbury’s John Townsend and Philippa Bateman, from Worcester, was opened for the first time last Friday at the Queen’s Hotel during the Cheltenham Literature Festival.
The programme is run by national youth charity Endeavour.
The online series features stories of young people’s lives, addressing issues of concern to them, including bullying, body image, self esteem and peer pressure.
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It is illustrated by former Marvel comics editor Tim Quinn, who has drawn each story as a comic strip.
Philippa Claridge, education manager for the Cheltenham Literature Festival said: “Cheltenham Festivals is always pleased to see the development of initiatives that aim to improve literacy levels.”
Les Roberts, CEO of Endeavour said: “We know that many young people are blocked from becoming citizens of tomorrow because they can't read.Through Street! We are expanding our work to offer an accessible channel for young people to discover how they can reach their full potential.
“We are planning to encourage young people to write their own stories in future editions.”