Thanks to Fiona Nevola for highlighting this piece.
Lily Cole challenges MPs on illiteracy
Baron Bird, founder of the Big Issue magazine, also spoke of the vital social significance of literacy, at an event promoting the campaign in Parliament.
It allowed people to take charge of their lives and gave them a sense of "social literacy", he told MPs.
He said he had only really learned to read and write at the age of 16, when he was in prison and an officer had taken the time to help him.
From being part of the "underperforming underclass", learning to read and write had meant that the "trajectory of my life had changed", he said.
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