International Literacy Day
It’s astonishing that in this age of technology, enlightenment and modern living, nearly 800 million people lack basic literacy skills.
International Literacy Day is a day that aims to raise awareness about the value and importance of literacy education for individuals and groups. It also provides benefits for wider culture.
The modern world has seen a reduction in poverty, increased socio-economic status, decreased population growth, a decrease in child and maternal mortality rates, and an increase in gender equality.
Many countries and governments around the globe believe that increasing literacy rates will directly impact the future welfare of their children and their families.
Without the ability to read, it is difficult to do simple tasks such as reading street signs, filling out vital health forms, or learning information from the internet. This limits the ability of people to overcome challenges and succeed in life.
This day was declared International Literacy Day by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization in 1966. It was intended to remind everyone that literacy should not be taken as a given. A lot of effort was made to increase literacy rates.
Although this effort towards literacy started more than 50 years ago it still has relevance today. It is especially relevant in under-developed areas, under-privileged and at-risk regions, as well as in the developed world. International Literacy Day aims to raise awareness and encourage others to get involved in raising literacy rates, which can ultimately change lives.
Literacy is an integral part of the UN’s Sustainable Development Agenda, which will be implemented in 2030. It recognizes that literacy is essential for the development of countries. They must ensure that citizens can function at a level that is both literate for their own benefit and for the benefit of the wider world.
Participating in World Literacy Day is a way to make a difference in the lives and learning of those who need and want to learn to read and write. These are some ways to get connected and make a difference in celebration of World Literacy Day.
Children from underprivileged areas might not have easy access to the books that they need to learn and improve their reading skills. You can either buy them new, or collect them from used book shops or yard sales during the summer. Don’t forget to look for books that you can donate.
Access to books is a key factor in children’s literacy growth. This is especially true if they have access to a variety of reading material that suits their reading level and interests.
World Literacy Day is an excellent opportunity to inspire kids to read. Grab some books from a used or new bookstore and donate them for a literacy program in your community. You’ll feel great helping others learn how to read!
Children (and adults!) can struggle to read and write. Some children (and adults!) struggle to read and to write. They may need extra tutoring to improve their skills and gain confidence. It is often the case that children with less access to tutoring are those who most need it. To find out more about tutoring in literacy programs, visit your local library or school.
It depends on the background and education of the tutor. A background check is required for safety. Spending time with a struggling reader is a great way to make a difference in someone’s future.
You can help someone read locally and also connect with global literacy initiatives through UN Literacy Initiatives or the World Literacy Foundation.
Everybody Wins is another organization that pairs up children and adults to encourage them to read. It has a presence in Washington DC and Atlanta, as well as New York, Florida, New York, Iowa, New York, Florida, and other locations. This makes it a great place to volunteer.
A great way to celebrate World Literacy Day, is to make a donation to a charity that promotes literacy for both children and adults. These organizations are worth considering to support the celebrations of World Literacy Day.
It’s easy to start celebrating International Literacy Day by getting a book and reading! You might choose to reread a favorite book, dive into a sci-fi series, read a nonfiction book to enhance your life skills, or just go back in time and pick up some children’s books.
People take it for granted that they can read and often forget to use the opportunities to expand their minds by reading. Reading provides insight, instruction and enjoyment for all, no matter what language it may be.
The local library is not only filled with books, but it’s often the hub for community activities and events that revolve around literacy. It’s a great place for information about literacy volunteer opportunities. You might find them hosting events to celebrate International Literacy Day. You can check it out!
Ask the librarian if you can help to increase the number of books in your local library, school library or special needs literacy center. It is beneficial for everyone to have more books in the community.
Get together a group of friends to celebrate your appreciation for the gift of reading. Read a book together, and discuss it. Even if you have read the book before, it is still better and more enjoyable when shared with a group.
These classic books are a must-read and can be used as book clubs suggestions. Or, you could create your own.
Literature can be enjoyed by those who are busy and don’t have the time. People who are able to multitask can “read” many books that are available to listen to. You can read while you drive, cook, exercise, or do other tasks.