Launch of the Reading Season - School perseverance for young people: the importance of reading

On the occasion of the start of the school year and as a partner of the Reading Season, Montreal Success Network (RRM) wishes to recall the importance of reading in the academic perseverance of our young people.

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MONTREAL, Sept. 17, 2015 / CNW Telbec / - On the occasion of the start of the new school year and as a partner of the Reading Season, Montreal Success Network (RRM) wishes to recall the importance of reading in school perseverance of our young people.

Reading: a determinant of school perseverance

“The research is clear in this sense: performance in reading, writing, and math is a determinant of school perseverance. Cultivating the pleasure of reading among young people, from early childhood, is a wonderful gift to give them, ”emphasizes Ms. Andrée Mayer-Périard, Executive Director of Montreal Success Network.

Reading difficulties and risk of dropping out 

In publication of the Institut de la statistique du Québec, carried out using data from the Longitudinal Study of the Development of Children in Quebec (ÉLDEQ), the researchers maintain that "reading difficulties at the age of 7 are warning signs of the presence of a risk. , at the end of elementary school, to drop out of secondary school, whether or not the pupils have disciplinary problems. "i. As dropping out of school has major impacts for the individual as well as for society as a whole, it is of prime importance to support the development of reading skills in children, from an early age.

Montreal Success Network, partner of reading initiatives

The development of reading skills is a priority area in most of the school perseverance action plans in the neighborhoods targeted by RRM. Many activities of all kinds take place, in the colors of the particular realities of each territory, in particular:

  • the program Mother goose, specifically structured to create and stimulate interaction between parent and child (0 - 3 years) in connection with language development, in the Sud-Ouest district;
  • the availability of backpacks filled with books (some of which have been translated into 10 languages), which families of preschool children can borrow, in places as varied as daycare centers, schools and organizations in the St. -Laurent;
  • the distribution of books to young people in difficulty in elementary and secondary schools in Pierrefonds, at the end of the school year, as a reward and an incentive to continue reading habits during the summer period.

In Montreal, 18 reading and writing awareness committees (ÉLÉ) support the integration of ELE activities into family practices as well as in the various places and services frequented by children aged 5 and under. disadvantaged backgrounds, their parents and grandparents.

Montreal Success Network is proud to be a partner of the Reading season for a 3e year.

Montreal Success Network

With the support of the five school boards and its 29 regional members, Montreal Success Network mobilizes and catalyzes the driving forces of Montreal in a concerted approach leading to the implementation of actions promoting perseverance, success and school re-enrollment. In 2014 - 2015, as part of its support and accompaniment strategy for concerted local action, RRM collaborated in the development and implementation of 16 action plans, and supported the implementation of 155 initiatives with 35,792 children, students and parents, in 11 of Montreal's most sensitive neighborhoods.

i Janosz M., Pascal S., Belleau L., Archambault I., Parent S. and Pagani L. (2013), Elementary students at risk of dropping out of secondary school: characteristics at 12 and predictors at 7, Quebec Institute of Statistics.
Spotted on: http://www.stat.gouv.qc.ca/statistics / education /school-attendance /stall.pdf

SOURCE Montreal Success Network

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