Because Only Together We Can

Across the Globe, We Are United in Our Dedication to Children’s Education

Who We Are

Partnering To Build A World Where All Children Are All They Can Be.

Race for Education Accessibilities for Every Child (“REACH”) is a registered education charity whose mission is to create a reading movement amongst primary schools in Hong Kong. By spreading a reading culture across the city, we aim to transform the lives of marginalized students through a love for reading.

It is our belief that the ability to read and the cultivation of a reading habit are
essential to children’s academic and overall life-long development.
Unfortunately, many children from low socioeconomic status families lack
exposure to proper reading and education resources in Hong Kong.


Children from these families are more susceptible to reading difficulties as
they develop language skills more slowly, showing delayed abilities in letter
recognition and phonological awareness.
These children are more likely to shy away from education as they get older,
limiting their academic development and deterring them from socio-
economic advancement.

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Our Approach

We Facilitate Reading Movement

“It is not true that ‘we have only one life to live’; if we can read, we can live as many more lives and as many kinds of lives as we wish.”
― S.I. Hayakawa

According to statistics from the Society for Community Organization:

  • There are 230,000 underprivileged children in Hong Kong. One in four of our children live below the poverty line.
  • 20% of children cannot afford three meals a day.
  • Only 13% of grassroots youths are able to enter universities.
  • 50,000 children live in very poor accommodation such as bedspace apartments, sub-divided units or roof top huts.

According to Progress in International Reading and Literacy Study 2016, Hong Kong ranked lowest out of 43 regions in terms of family literacy. Primary 4 students in Hong Kong also scored very low in motivation, interest, and confidence to read and learn.

REACH ANNUAL REPORT 2020

01.

— Our Mission

Race for Education Accessibilities for Every Child (“REACH”) is a registered education charity whose mission is to create a reading movement amongst primary schools in Hong Kong. By spreading a reading culture across the city, we aim to transform the lives of marginalized students through a love for reading.

02.

— Our Story

How Do We Tackle Reading?

Reading must be broken down into three essential learning components – reading ability, reading comprehension, and reading motivation. 

Reading Ability: Before the age of 9, learners must master the ability to read in order to use reading to learn various subjects. However, research shows that over 60% of students require explicit reading instructions specifically on phonics, fluency, and comprehension in order to become proficient readers; and yet, primary schools in Hong Kong do not allocate enough time on these areas, nor do they have explicit curricula to help students master these skills. Many students rely on rote memorisation of English words to read and write, but as they progress to higher grade levels, they will struggle without a phonics foundation.

Reading Comprehension: If students do not have the ability to decode words, they will not be able to understand the meaning of the passage. Reading ability is only the first step in a learner’s reading journey. Ability must be paired with reading comprehension. For students to be able to learn English at school independently, they must be able to decode and recogise 98% of the words and understand 75% of their meaning in textbooks and lessons. Reading comprehension requires teaching of strategies and vocabulary knowledge. However, reading strategies are also rarely taught in schools.

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