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Yes We Can Read Inside Prison Project

Yes We Can Read Inside - a prison library pilot project - launches this week, with 7 prison libraries recruiting prisoners to teach fellow prisoners to read, with Yes We Can Read, our guide to teach reading one-to-one.

Andy Paradise of social enterprise Read & Grow is leading the project, with books gifted by The People's Book Prize.

In UK prisons - where over half the population is made up of non or poor readers - the prisoners who can read will teach those who can’t.

No training in the use of Yes we can read is required, so prisoners can just pick it up, read the general instructions in 10 minutes or so, and start coaching. Learners no longer have to stop learning to read if they leave prison in the middle of the learning process, as anyone who can read on the outside can pick up the book and continue coaching seamlessly.