The Duchess of Cornwall as Patron of The National Literacy Trust, will visit The City Academy for a celebratory event with the “Words for Work” programme in London on Thursday, 20 March 2014. The Duchess of Cornwall is an ardent reader and is dedicated to campaign for the importance of advocating literacy.
The ‘Words for Work’ programme focus and goal is to assist young people to obtain gainful employment.
“It is a school based intervention that is offered to students before they start on the journey of exams, interviews and job seeking. Words for Work focuses on improving student’s literacy skills, helps them to develop crucial employability skills and teaches them confidence in their own abilities,” according to the National Literacy Trust.
In October 2013 the Duchess launched the ‘Literacy Heroes’ campaign. “The campaign was designed to celebrate inspiring individuals from all walks of life who have either made a significant impact on the reading skills of others or overcome problems with literacy themselves,” stated Clarence House.
In 2012 at World Book Day she told those gathered that “there is nothing quite like the thrill of opening a book and being drawn into another world to meet new people and to discover their stories – it’s like making new friends,” reported Clarence House.
Since 2010, Camilla has been Patron of the National Literacy Trust. Other literacy programmes she is patron of include: BookTrust, First Story, the Wicked Young Writers’ Award and Beanstalk.