International Literacy Day
International Literacy day is celebrated to raise awareness in public of the over-the top value of the written word and of the requirement to promote a literate society. The lowest regional adult literacy rate (58.6%) is in South and WestAsia countries followed by sub-Saharan Africa (59.7%), and the Arab States (62.7%) according to UNESCO’s “Global Monitoring Report on Education for All (2008)”.
The theme of International Literacy Day 2012 is Literacy and Peace. This theme was adopted by the United Nations Literacy Decade (UNLD) to demonstrate the multiple uses and value that literacy brings to people.
Literacy contributes to peace as it brings people closer to attaining individual freedoms and better understanding the world, as well as preventing or resolving conflict. The connection between literacy and peace can be seen by the fact that in unstable democracies or in conflict-affected countries it is harder to establish or sustain a literate environment. For over 40 years now, UNESCO has been celebrating International Literacy Day by reminding the international community that literacy is a human right and the foundation of all learning.
This year our challenge focuses on literacy and essential skills for everyone, every day, everywhere. Try out some of these activities to celebrate International Literacy Day – and continue to practice literacy and essential skills every day.
- Read a book with a child.
- Have a child tell you about their favourite summer activity.
- Play a word game like Scrabble or Charades!
- Start a diary, blog or journal.
- Register for a personal or professional development course.
- Join a social media platform –Facebook, Twitter, Linked In, etc.
- Hand write a letter to an old friend – and send it by snail mail!
- Start a reading club or afterschool group.
- Set up a quiet study space for yourself or your child.
- Use a new form of technology (Skype, on-line banking, etc.)