It was heartwarming on Twitter this week as the Indigo Love of Reading Foundation announced the schools to which it would be granting money. Educators at schools in need of resources apply; some schools win. It must be so exciting at those schools to hear the good news and the money must make such a difference. I can picture beautiful new school library books where before there had been tattered, dirty old ones. New books are so much more inviting. Reading would be so much more inviting. This is a wonderful initiative of Indigo Books.
The only concern I have with this program is that it's necessary. Why are there needy schools? I don't believe that the socioeconomic status of families should make any difference to the resources of a school. I don't think that school councils should have to raise money or that foundations should have to give out funding. I passionately believe that every student should be on a level playing field at school and have an equal opportunity to pursue their dreams. It is governments that finance education - I think it is the responsibility of government to ensure funding is adequate. Is education not a high priority?
That's about all I have to say. I am very excited about the Indigo Love of Reading Foundation. Just not about the work it has to do.