Learning to read is about more than the words on the page. It can mean building self confidence, connection with peers and with family, progression in education or work and the skills to make each day easier. Put simply, it is brings opportunity.
To celebrate the life-changing impact of learning to read, the UK's leading mural company, Global Street Art Agency commissioned 'More Than Words'.
The stunning mural is on the relaunched Great Eastern Art Wall on Great Eastern Street, Shoreditch. Artists, Gary Stranger, Pref and Ben Eine, each painted one of the words in their own styles.
Global Street Art CEO and co-founder Lee Bofkin said:
"The concept for the mural 'More Than Words' is very simple - literacy is about more than words; it's about changing peoples' lives.
We believe in Shannon Trust's great work and it has been a pleasure to work with Gary, Pref and Ben, who are three of the best-known typographic artists in the world."
"For me, literacy is at the core of everything I do. The mentorship programme works well for that reason, because it's coming from someone who you can relate to, who's more on of a level."
"Giving people who don't have the same advantages of anybody else, an opportunity."
"Trying to steer somebody out of that system, out of that vicious cycle of reoffending, is upskill them. And reading is the most fundamental one of those."
"It's just so beautiful in it's simplicity ... The idea that now tens of thousands of prisoners who could not read, now can read because of the Shannon Trust, I just find so inspiring."
"Nearly 50% of people in prison struggle with literacy. This prevents them from doing all kinds of things from taking part in everyday life, taking part in education and training, and keeping in touch with their family and friends on the outside.
We're proud that Lee, the team at Global Street Art, Pref, Gary and Ben have chosen to celebrate Shannon Trust, and the work of our Learners and Mentors in this way."