We help learners at every stage of the journey discover a love of learning that will provide opportunities throughout their lives. So we support charities that are just as dedicated to helping people make their lives better through learning.
781 million people around the world can’t read. If you’re illiterate, you’re more likely to be poor, miss out on a proper education, and not have a say in the things that matter – literacy really is the key to transforming lives. So, at Pearson, we’ve started Project Literacy – a campaign to inspire new collaboration on the challenges and opportunities around people’s ability to read and write.
Early Words Together with the National Literacy Trust
Our employees in Harlow and London volunteer on the Early Words Together programme – inspiring and motivating families with practical, fun ideas to get children aged 2-5 doing activities to help develop their literacy every day. The National Literacy Trust programme is already a big favourite with parents, practitioners, volunteers and Ofsted inspectors.
A child’s ability to concentrate is seriously impaired when they go to school on an empty stomach, as an estimated 700,000 children in the UK do every day. It costs just 22p to give a child a decent breakfast and fuel their learning for the day. That’s why we’ve donated thousands to Magic Breakfast over the years – they were even voted our charity of the year three times in a row.
Read for My School
Reading for pleasure isn’t just fun – having books at home and being read to from an early age is crucial to future academic success. That’s why, through Booktime, we’ve given away over 10 million books to Reception-aged children. We’re also proud to sponsor the annual national Read for My School competition, that has over 200,000 children in over 3,500 schools reading one million books each year.
Save the Children
Our partnership with Save the Children, Every Child Learning, helps out-of-school children caught in the Syrian refugee crisis to access quality education. Since the start of Every Child Learning, we’ve committed £1 million to work with Save the Children on solutions for delivering education in emergencies, drawing on the expertise and assets of both our organisations.
Book Aid International
Books change lives, but not everyone has access to them. So many children all over the world are far less privileged than our own children, which is why Pearson has been working with Book Aid International since 1980 to donate over 2.5 million books, including many of our primary titles.
Cambridge Primary Review Trust
So learning providers can share the best of the best in teaching and leadership practice, we’re working with the Cambridge Primary Review Trust to help schools to build an outstanding, creative curriculum in a principled, evidence-based way. We’re also proud to sponsor the Pearson Teaching Awards, recognising the unsung heroes who make such a difference to children’s lives.