By Tim Parsons-
Marcus Rashford MBE is collaborating with Burberry to help organisations in Britain that are committed to helping disadvantaged youths develop literacy skills.
The football ace who helped supply food to the most vulnerable children across the UK, was instrumental in improving the physical well being of over a million children.
Now, he is pushing forward with his drive to encourage children to read more by merging forces with Burberry in supplying them with books.
It is not yet known whether any framework is in place to confirm that kids who receive the books will actually read and benefit from them.
“We’ve identified a real need here,” explains the 24-year-old footballer. “Far too many children do not currently have access to books, typically because of financial restraints, and there was a need to inspire them, and allow them to see beyond the challenges they face daily”.
Burberry is supporting Rashford’s new funding around education,to improve the libraries in 10 schools across Manchester, Yorkshire and London. The Marcus Rashford Book Club, a programme launched by Rashford and Macmillan Children’s Books, will donate over 8,000 books, including teaching materials.
“The Marcus Rashford Book Club is a big passion project of mine,” explains Rashford of the initiative. “Coming out of the pandemic, there were so many needs to be addressed with children in underserved communities struggling to reintegrate into the classroom, so to create a space that reduced some of that stress – while also inspiring and motivating – is special.”
A useful examination of the factual benefits of those book will require a study of those who actually spend time reading those books, and assessing the factual benefits that resulted in terms of learning.
Childrenf rom disadvantaged backgrounds are generally not keen on reading as a result of their family set up and general lifestyle. Their focus is usually on games, watching television, and other distractions, including tension in their home, or substance abuse which makes their environment unsuitable for learning.
Children who are interested enough in reading will take the opportunity of free books to read, but without a testing process, the books may just decorate their bedrooms.