The app is being promoted by children’s charity, Plan UK and is called Education for Girls. The app asks users how many of a 50 strong list of classic children’s books they have read and then goes on to ask the user to make a donation of £3. This donation will buy them a virtual book but is also the amount it costs Plan UK to send one girl to school for a week in Sierra Leone.
Unfortunately across the globe, one in three young girls in poor developing countries is unable to access public education and over 80 million young women aged between 15 and 24 will not have basic reading and writing skills which some see as a human right.
Award winning author, Boyne, described his childhood favourite Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson as a “great adventure story and one of the best coming-of-age novels ever written; the Jim who has outwitted the pirates at the end of the novel is a very different Jim to the shy boy of the opening pages."
Another author and philosopher, AC Grayling cited Swiss Family Robinson as his personal favourite children’s classic.
For those who wish to support the app and make a donation, it can be found on Facebook at www.facebook.com/planuk. Download it and be enveloped in wonderful nostalgia as you go through and mark which classics you have read and enjoyed! By contributing to sending a girl to school you are in turn participating in helping young women out of poverty and into a future with some opportunity.