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Friday, September 7, 2012

International Literacy Day

Reading inspires children to be successful in school and life. On November 17, 1965, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, UNESCO declared September 8th of each year International Literacy Day. 


International Literacy Day goal is to highlight the importance of literacy to individuals, communities and societies. The goal of the program is the promotion of literacy being an essential human right and the groundwork for learning. With formal and non-formal reading programs worldwide, UNESCO works to realize the vision of a literate world for all.


September 8th is International Literacy Day

·        793 Million Adults Worldwide Cannot Read These Words
·        64% of them are Women
·        10 Countries Account for 72% of All Illiterate Adults
·        67 Million Primary School-Age Children are not enrolled in school

Why Is Reading Important?

·        Reading is fundamental to function in today's society
·        It is a means of language acquisition
·        Many well-paying jobs require reading as a part of job performance
·        Reading develops the mind. The mind is a muscle. It needs exercise
·        Reading develops the imagination 
·        The pen is mightier than the sword

Literacy is a key lever of change and a practical tool of empowerment on each of the three main pillars of sustainable development: economic development, social development and environmental protection. 
-Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan

What can you do?
Read aloud to your children
Reading aloud is a gift you can freely give to your children from the day they are born until the time they leave the nest. Children's reading experts agree that reading aloud offers the easiest and most effective way to help children become lifelong readers. It can also be as much fun for you as it is for your children.

A child whose day includes listening to lively stories is more likely to grow up loving books and wanting to read them. To spark this desire in your children, you may want to try some of these suggestions offered by Reading Is Fundamental (RIF), a national nonprofit organization that inspires youngsters to read.

1. Set aside a special time each day to read aloud to your children. 

2. Vary your selections. For very young children, look for picture books with artwork and stories that is simple, clear and colorful. 

3. Read slowly and with expression. Try substituting your child's name for a character in the story. 

4. Have your children sit where they can see the book clearly.

5. Allow time afterwards to talk about the story.

6. As you read aloud, encourage your children to get in on the act. It is even fun to dramatize the roles in the story or read lines of dialogue.

7. Children like a sense of completion, so finish what you begin.

8. Continue to read aloud to your children even after they begin school and are independent readers. There is no age limit to reading to your children. 

9. Teenagers may enjoy reading aloud to a younger sibling.


10. Reread your child’s favorite story, children often like to revisit some of their old favorites.

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