World Book Day was on 2 March and KPMG used this opportunity to formally launch and celebrate the KPMG Families For Literacy (KFFL) initiative and all the work we do as a firm as part of our commitment to lifelong learning and more specifically literacy.
On World Book Day we donated over 500 new books to four schools: one in Dublin, Cork, Galway and Belfast. Also on the day we had volunteers go out to each of the four schools to read with selected children.
KFFL is a sustainable volunteer programme that benefits local communities and has a collective impact on our people and the larger KPMG family of alumni, retirees, and recruits as well as our communities. The programme was developed to:
As part of this initiative KPMG is doing a number of things:
1) Time to Read – We are enhancing our existing ‘Time to Read’ programme and expanding it as part of our KFFL programme.
2) Paired Reading Programme with CBS Westland Row – We started a trial reading programme with their 1st Year students (aged 12/13) as they feel their students would particularly benefit from the 1:1 attention of reading/enjoying books and help them smoothly transition into their new school.
3) Early Learning Initiative – We are supporting Doodle Dens – which are an evidence-informed afterschool programme, which aims to address literacy needs amongst senior infants’ children (aged 5-6). Run in 2 afterschool settings (East Wall and Sherriff Street), it is designed to support children’s literacy development and encourage their interest in reading – while allowing children to enjoy themselves in the process.
4) KFFL Book Donation for World Book Day, 2nd March – As part of our focus on literacy we asked staff to engage in World Book Day by donating books to disadvantaged students.