By Megan Watson, Volunteer Writer
Sunday, September 8, 2013 is International Literacy Day. According to United Nations Organization for Education, Science and Culture (UNESCO), literacy is a basic human right and the foundation of learning in all parts of the world. Increased education can help decrease poverty, ensure economic development, reduce child mortality, curb population growth and achieve gender equality.
Studies have also shown that literacy is passed down from generations so if adults are literate, their children are more likely to be literate; increasing education and job opportunities. Although there are many opportunities for literacy right here in Canada, other places internationally are not so lucky. Here’s a list of what you can do to promote international literacy:
- Hold a bake sale, lemonade stand, or any sort of fundraising endeavour to raise money and awareness for charities promoting international literacy.
- Donate books to charities that forward them to areas of the world where books are not as accessible.
- Hold a book club or reading event for children to increase awareness.
- Have a discussion with your friends and family regarding international literacy.
There are also many charities involved in international literacy that you can research to gain more information and ideas including:
- The International Board on Books for Young People – www.ibby.org
- Litworld – www.litworld.org
- Book aid International – www.bookaid.org
- Little Free Library – www.littlefreelibrary.org
- Books Abroad – www.booksabroad.org.uk
- Room to Read – www.roomtoread.org
Closer to Home runs programs which promote early literacy development including Homework Club, Mother Goose and Family Café. If you would like more information on any of these programs, please contact the CTH West Central Resource Centre at 403-543-0555 or firstname.lastname@example.org.