This past Tuesday we celebrated UNESCO's International Literacy Day. This annual event, since its launch in 1966, is meant to remind the public of "the importance of literacy as a matter of dignity and human rights" (UNESCO) and to shine a light on the many people - 773+ million according to UN data - who lack basic literacy skills. Ms. Conte's Grade 6 students, during a jointly taught class with Ms. Maguire (Secondary School Librarian), were introduced to the event by watching this short UNESCO video. Students then reflected on the countless ways that literacy helps them in their daily lives and brainstormed simple ways that they could help support literacy initiatives in their communities (for instance, by helping to pass along age-appropriate books and magazines to housekeepers, drivers, and gardeners). We also discussed the importance of the UN's Sustainable Development Goal #4, which is to "ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all" (UNDP). We invite families to continue these important conversations at home!
Image credit: International Literacy Day from Global Dimensions
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