Worldwide 793 million people still cannot read
In countries such as Kenya, Nepal and America children are getting together and discovering the world of the written word. For many of them it is opening new doors, not only to the joy of reading but it is also building within themselves a sense of self worth, courage, confidence and hope.
Last year Read Aloud Day, which is organised by LitWorld, was celebrated in 65 countries by over 200,000 people. So on March 6 this year, get together with other parents, teachers and friends; gather the kids and get them reading and connecting to each other. Set up a club, set up a blog, set up Skype, invite a speaker, read a poem, read a play. Give them the gift of reading and an appreciation that not every child in this world is lucky enough to be able to pick up a book and enter an imaginary world that someone else has created for them.
For ideas on activities and how to become involved go to LitWorld.
LitWorld is a non-profit literacy organization fostering resilience, hope, and joy through the power of story. Their programs and campaigns build self confidence, promote leadership, and strengthen children and their communities. Visit their Facebook event page.
Literacy is the foundation for emotional and physical well-being, intellectual growth, and economic security. The right to read and write is a fundamental human right and belongs to all people.
Research shows that children learn to read and write best by writing and telling the stories of their own experiences.
Writer Helen Splarn. Editor Dr Ramesh Manocha.