KPMG take action on literacy

Members News - Apr 05, 2017

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:

  • Improve literacy rates in local communities
  • Reaffirm the firm’s commitment to and desire to impact positively on youth and education
  • Provide an opportunity for KPMG’s partners, employees and interns to positively engage and contribute to our communities.

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.

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