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Parents and children encouraged to share dreams

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By Fiona Reid
Annan and Eskdale
Parents and children encouraged to share dreams

FAMILIES in Dumfries and Galloway are being encouraged to share their children's dreams for the future by the Scottish Government.

It is part of the new Read, Write, Count campaign, Future Me.

Starting a conversation with a child about their hopes and aspirations will ultimately help to improve their lives in the future.
And youngsters’ ideas can be shared as pictures, letters of films on the Future Me wall online at
It is part of the national Read, Write, Count project which aims to improve key numeracy and literacy skills among children in Primaries 1 to 3. Parents and carers can play a big part in helping children achieve their dreams.
Supporting the campaign is Mark Beaumont, world record breaking cyclist who has worked hard to make his childhood dreams come true with the vital support of his parents. As a result, Mark has achieved his dream of cycling around the world and setting a number of world firsts.
He said: “As a parent myself, I realise what a crucial role I can play in helping my daughters think for themselves and make their dreams happen. In this era of constant on screen information and instant gratification it’s critical that we have time together to talk, to story tell, to make plans and to build memories together. It’s only with the support of my parents encouraging me to enjoy the outdoors and have adventures that I am in the position I am today.”
To get involved in the campaign you can enter online at or head to a local library and post an entry form in the Future Me post box. Each family taking part will receive a certificate and a place on the digital wall for their child.
Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills John Swinney said: “The Future Me campaign is about encouraging parents and carers to talk to their children about their dreams and ambitions for the future so they can start working to make these dreams a reality together.
“This will not only help to raise aspirations, increase attainment and deliver better outcomes it will also provide families with ideas they can do together to build essential lifelong skills which will benefit their children whatever they decide to do.
“I look forward to seeing the dreams of our young people throughout the country shared on the Future Me wall.”
The Future Me website also provides parents and carers with tips and advice about fun and interesting ways to encourage your child to realise their dreams.



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