International Literacy Day is observed on 8th September to raise awareness about the importance of literacy for individuals, communities and societies. The International Literacy Day is celebrated to encourage awareness towards literacy so that people from around the globe can know their social and individual rights. Literacy is considered to be a necessity for social and personal development. Since 1967, International Literacy Day (ILD) celebrations have taken place annually around the world to remind the public of the importance of literacy as a matter of dignity and human rights, and to advance the literacy agenda towards a more literate and sustainable society.
In the aftermath of the pandemic, nearly 24 million learners might never return to formal education, out of which, 11 million are projected to be girls and young women. To ensure no one is left behind, we need to enrich and transform the existing learning spaces through an integrated approach and enable literacy learning in the perspective of lifelong learning.
This year’s International Literacy Day will be celebrated worldwide under the theme, “Transforming Literacy Learning Spaces” and will be an opportunity to rethink the fundamental importance of literacy learning spaces to build resilience and ensure quality, equitable, and inclusive education for all.
At The Gaudium, we had taken the initiative of celebrating ‘ World Literacy Day’ by organizing D.E.A.R. time for PYP students and teachers. All the students from Nursery to grade 5 and all the PYP teachers participated in the D.E.A.R. time. Each one of us enjoyed reading the book of our choice – picture books, chapter books including a variety of genres, non-fiction, magazines and newspapers. Our students were happy and excited for the D.E.A.R. time where they sat with their teachers and read books. It was indeed a great feeling to see the entire school community reading together!!!