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  • Jamaica will join the rest of the world on Tuesday, September 8, to celebrate International Literacy Day, under the theme: ‘Literacy and Sustainable Societies’.
  • The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), promotes the day to underline the significance of literacy for international development and advancement.
  • At the local level, in keeping with its mantra, ‘Every Child Can Learn, Every Child Must Learn’, the Ministry of Education is encouraging stakeholders to capitalize on this special day as a national initiative to promote reading and literacy.

Jamaica will join the rest of the world on Tuesday, September 8, to celebrate International Literacy Day, under the theme: ‘Literacy and Sustainable Societies’.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), promotes the day to underline the significance of literacy for international development and advancement.

At the local level, in keeping with its mantra, ‘Every Child Can Learn, Every Child Must Learn’, the Ministry of Education is encouraging stakeholders to capitalize on this special day as a national initiative to promote reading and literacy.

The Ministry has reported that Jamaica has exceeded the target of 85 per cent literacy at the Primary level for 2015. The 2015 Grade Four cohort attained 86.5 per cent mastery on the Grade Four Literacy Test.

In a bulletin issued by the Ministry, schools are being advised to engage the students and members of the public in activities, such as ‘read aloud’ sessions, where parents, past students and community members are invited to visit a school and read aloud from their favourite book.

Regional offices of the Ministry of Education across island will be partnering with the Jamaica Library Service and the Jamaica Reading Association to ‘read aloud’, host plenary sessions, mount exhibitions and read International Literacy Day messages from UNESCO; the Minister of Education,  Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, and National Literacy Coordinator, Dr. Andre Hill.

Since1965, UNESCO has been celebrating International Literacy Day on September 8. Special attention is given to educational programmes that engage individuals in improving their levels of literacy.

The aim of International Literacy Day is to highlight the importance of literacy to individuals, communities and societies. Each year, UNESCO reminds the international community of the status of literacy and adult learning globally.