Being able to communicate through reading and writing is so important that the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has set aside a day each year to draw attention to the status of literacy around the world.
25 to 29 June is national reading week and this week will be celebrated in schools and all libraries across South Africa. UNESCO advises all teachers, schools and public libraries to participate on this day and create a fun reading and learning environment.
“Literacy is much more than an educational priority - it is the ultimate investment in the future and the first step towards all the new forms of literacy required in the 21st century. We wish to see a century where every child is able to read and to use this skill to gain autonomy,” says UNESCO director-general Irina Bokova.
Much is happening to improve literacy in South Africa. To celebrate National Reading Day, the unit of the National Library of South Africa will be hosting an event for children who are members of book clubs in schools in the Northwest province to an afternoon of fun reading and education.
For more information visit www.unesco.com