JIS News

International Literacy Day will be celebrated Wednesday (September 8) in schools islandwide, as part of efforts by the Ministry of Education (MoE) to keep the focus on the importance of literacy.
National Literacy Coordinator at the MoE, Laurel Brent Harris, made the disclosure during an interview with JIS News, Tuesday (September 7).
She explained that since 1965, the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has celebrated International Literacy Day on September 8. Special attention is given to educational programmes that engage individuals in improving their levels of literacy.
Mrs. Brent Harris explained that this year’s theme is focused on empowering women across the world, and the celebrations will involve government organisations and individuals celebrating the empowerment of women through literacy.
“The International Reading Association will be paying special attention to early reading, and sharing how we can ignite education for all, through focusing on literacy activities,” she pointed out.
Regional offices, literacy teams and some schools will be mounting displays. Ministry representatives will also be participating in devotional exercises, where there will be a focus on the importance of literacy. Members of the team will be visiting classes and engaging students in read aloud, reading competitions and ensuring that students are motivated and see reading as fun and essential for their own individual development.
Mrs. Brent Harris said that for the new school year, the MoE will continue its quest to address the problem of literacy.
“At the local level we promote public awareness on the importance of literacy and how persons can be involved in enhancing improved performance among our school age children in particular,” she stated.
She said the Ministry also promotes the motivational aspect of literacy among students, parents and teachers.
“We have established, in many PTAs, parent action committees where we help parents to understand how they can play a more informed, involved role in supporting their children’s achievements”, Mrs. Brent Harris explained.
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.

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