The 2016 Victorian Premiers’ Reading Challenge
As patron of the Victorian Premiers’ Reading Challenge and on behalf of the former Premiers John Cain, Jeff Kennett, Steve Bracks, John Brumby, Ted Baillieu and Denis Napthine, I congratulate all Victorian children and young people who participated this year.
I am proud that the Victorian Premiers’ Reading Challenge continues to be such a popular program. More than 221,800 school students and 8,200 children in early childhood took up the Challenge to read more books.
It is refreshing to see that despite the rise of smartphones, social media and videogames, children and young people are still enjoying a good book. Reading is a passport to knowledge, adventure, entertainment and enjoyment.
That is why we have a target for more students to reach the highest levels of achievement in reading, to lift outcomes and make Victoria the Education State. The Victorian Premiers’ Reading Challenge will help us reach that goal.
Thank you not only to the participants, but to the principals, teachers, early childhood educators, parents and grandparents who work tirelessly to encourage a love of reading and books.
The Hon Daniel Andrews MP