In March 2012, HRH Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands, UNESCO Special Envoy on Literacy for Development joined the Global Partnership for Education-sponsored All Children Reading Workshops in Kigali, Rwanda.
She sat down for an interview with GPE Staff and shared her views on children’s literacy, the importance of the workshops for implementing reading programs in Africa, and future actions needed to give every child a chance to read.
The Princess’ participation in this workshop reflects her outstanding commitment to the promotion of literacy, especially early reading. “Literacy goes to the heart of somebody’s existence and it’s about having a chance in life. Everybody deserves to have that chance” she said.
Watch below five short interview segments highlighting Princess Laurentien’s impressions of the workshops and her work to fight illiteracy:
On keeping the momentum going in literacy campaigns and sharing knowledge through an “online marketplace”:
Challenges to reaching all children, and involving their parents:
Her visit to Rwandan schools and a public library:
Her work in journalism to highlight the impacts of teaching adults to read and her previous work to improve children’s literacy:
Unlocking children’s potential through reading and writing skills, and GPE’s role in promoting literacy:
All presentations, working documents, videos and photo galleries have been posted on our website. We encourage you to visit the All Children Reading section on our website to access presentations from the first week of the event, press releases, and links to our partners’ work in the literacy field.