The whole Finland stopped to read for an hour.
Read Hour 8th of September at 7 pm.
The ability to read among Finnish youth is decreasing. At the same time, the time that we spend reading has halved. This can lead to increasing of social exclusion. Reading has many benefits not only for the individual but also for the society. If we stop reading, we will also end our own story.
This is why the Children and Youth Foundation challenges the whole Finland to stop and read for an hour on the International Literacy Day, the 8th of September at 7 pm.
Read Hour is a joint effort of The Children and Youth Foundation and the Finnish media and communication sector. The patron of the Read Hour campaign is the President of the Republic of Finland, Sauli Niinistö.
Anyone anywhere can take part in Read Hour. Challenge also others to join! Follow others’ and share your own reading story with the hashtag #ReadHour.
"Once upon a time, there was a youngster who could not read a job announcement. The end."
You can support Read Hour and other work of the Children and Youth Foundation also by donating.
"Once upon a time, there was a nation that stopped reading. The end."
The patron of the Read Hour campaign is the President of the Republic of Finland Sauli Niinistö. He has sent his regards to the campaign:
”The Children and Youth Foundation’s Read Hour Literacy Campaign challenges everyone to read for an hour on 8 September, the UN International Literacy Day.
Books enrich our world view and enable us to see life through the eyes of others. Reading increases knowledge and entertains us. The slogan “reading is always worthwhile”, once made famous by Jörn Donner, still holds true.
Good literacy helps us move forward in our lives. The more fluently literate we are, the better we can form our own views and make balanced judgements.
I encourage everyone to participate in the challenge and wish you an enjoyable time in the company of a good book. The hours given to books never go to waste.”
– Sauli Niinistö
The other 60 Read Ambassadors include:
Adikia, Aida, Anna Puu, Anna Saivosalmi, Antti Reini, Armi Toivanen, Christoffer Strandberg, Eicca Toppinen, Eino ja Aapeli, Elia Leino, Elina Knihtilä, Elisabeth Rehn, Emma Salokoski, Esko Kyrö, Essi Hellén, Hanna Teerialho / Hannas Home -blog, Rauhatäti, Hanna-Maria Seppälä, Hanne Valtari / Lähiömutsi -blog, Hatsolo, Heikki Kuula, Henriika Tulivirta, Iina Hyttinen, Janita Autio, Janne Ruokonen, Jasmin Muurinen, Jenni Rotonen / Pupulandia -blog, Jodarok, Jonna Tervomaa, Joonas Pesonen, Kaisa Ojala, Kaj Kunnas, Katja Kettu, Kevin Lankinen, Kimmo Ohtonen, Krista Kosonen, Laurrenna, Laura Peippo, Maaret Kallio, Manuela Bosco, Maria Veitola, Marko Suomi, Meeri Koutaniemi, Kalenterikarju, Mimosa Willamo, Niina Oivo / Kuiskauksia -blog, Niina Pajunen / Niinapaju -blog, Noora Räty, Olavi Uusivirta, Pamela Tola, Paula Vesala, Peter Franzen, Pihla Viitala, Riikka Uusitalo, Riku Nieminen, Robson Lindberg, Ronja Salmi, Samuli Vauramo, Sanna Kämäräinen, Satu Kylmämetsä / Life with Satu -blog, Sebastian Rejman, Signmark, Susanne Päivärinta, Tomi Kaukinen, Tommi Korpela, Tommy Lindgren and Uniikki.
Also supporting the campaign:
Cocoa, Familjen G.J. Ehrnrooths stiftelse sr, Jodel, Jounalistiliitto, Kauppakeskus Forum, Kauppakeskus Hansakortteli, Kauppakeskus Koskikeskus, Keskustakirjasto Oodi, Lukukeskus, McDonald’s, Monochrome, S-ryhmä, Suomen Kirjastoseura, Svenska folkskolans vänner rf (SFV), The Finnish Book Foundation, The Finnish Book Publishers Association, The Trade Union of Education in Finland – OAJ, THL, Tieto Oyj, VMP.
Read more about our cooperation (in Finnish)