College helps young people get ahead in reading
Published: July 10, 2017
Award-winning author Bali Rai visited South Cheshire College as part of the College’s inspiring Reading Ahead campaign.
Bali Rai, whose debut novel, (Un)arranged Marriage was published in 2001 to fantastic reviews and won several awards; is a leading voice in teenage fiction with a succession of acclaimed titles.
Nancy Bennett, Learning Resource Assistant at South Cheshire College, who organises the College’s Reading Ahead campaign, said: “We won a national prize draw for our Reading Ahead campaign which was a visit from Bali Rai.
“As part of our Community Cohesion project, we used the visit as an opportunity to invite Year 9 pupils from Sir William Stanier Community High School to hear Bali speak.”
South Cheshire College’s Reading Ahead campaign is part of a national initiative by the Reading Agency which invites young people to pick six reads and record, rate and review them in a diary in order to get a certificate.
Nancy added: “Bali’s lively talk highlighted where reading for pleasure can take you and how important it is to the future success of learners at school or college and beyond. He related this to his own experiences and how he managed to become a published author; he also talked about managing one’s own future and where reading for pleasure comes into that.”
One in six people struggle to read, however, research shows that when we inspire people to read for pleasure they benefit from far greater opportunities in everyday life, education and employment.
As part of the event, South Cheshire College donated signed copies of Bali’s books to the library at Sir William Stanier to help promote reading for pleasure. South Cheshire College’s 2017 Reading Ahead campaign will launch in September 2017.