08 Mar March Issue Of Child Magazines
Say hello to our March education issue of CHILD magazines. In this issue we chat to a well-loved children’s book author and take a look at the ever-changing education options available for learners today.
March is our ‘Education’ issue. Do you feel it’s a must that your child goes to uni? A lot of us do, but our story ‘To a High Degree’ asks whether that’s a blinkered view. Education is transforming. As the Business Council of Australia’s recent Future Proof report notes, tomorrow’s workers will need to dip into and out of training throughout their lives, upskilling and reskilling as they go – and a lot of that training will be done outside uni. It proposes a radical new funding model of a capped Lifelong Skills Account for everyone to fund their own curated educational mix. Sounds like a plan. Download the detailed but easy-to-read report at BCA.
Also in this issue we chat to children’s book author Morris Gleitzman and take a look at how schools are intergrating STEM into their students future and one Aussie mother shares a personal story on how life can change in an instant.
It’s International Read to Me! Day on Monday, 19 March. To learn to read well, research shows that children need to read a lot for the sheer fun of it. What can you do? Volunteer to read to a child in your ‘village’, whether it’s a classroom, the kids next door, or through one of the literary organisations such as Read To Me Day and tag the photo #readtomeday on social media. Or join the book drive by hosting a ‘It’s Not About Me’ morning tea and asking every guest to donate a picture book for the many groups around the world that badly need resources, such as the Reading Club in Tanzania which is one of the Day’s global drivers. IR2MDay is also out to flip the script and get the kids to prompt adults to read to them. And to ask not just parents, but siblings, aunts and uncles, neighbours and the wider community.
As a kid, most of the books I read came from the school library. I loved that place. I had a friendly competition with a school buddy to read all the books on the shelves starting from ‘A’. We ran out of steam half-way though ‘B’, to be honest, but not before we’d read Watership Down by Richard Adams, children’s supernatural titles by Joan Aiken, and some great British mysteries set in rambling houses with those must-have secret passages. All books we’d never have read without the library.
To save school libraries from funding cuts, the School Library Coalition is mounting a national campaign to demonstrate what a lifelong source of joy and fulfillment school libraries are. It is gathering anecdotes from parents about what the school library means for their kids. Has your child learned to read, thanks to the library? Discovered a new interest? Or maybe they found a welcoming retreat there at lunchtime? If you’re willing to share your story (names can be changed), get in touch with School Library Coalition member and children’s author, Dee White, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A big thanks to our cover kids Annika and Isabelle for featuring on the cover of our March issue.