Thursday, September 8, 2011
The United Nations’ (UN) International Literacy Day annually falls on September 8. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and its partners promote the day to raise people’s awareness of and concern for literacy issues in the world and to underline the significance of literacy for healthy societies.
According to UNESCO, “Despite many and varied efforts, literacy remains an elusive target: some 796 million adults lack minimum literacy skills which means that about one in six adults is still not literate; 67.4 million children are out-of-school and many more attend irregularly or drop out.”
The theme for the 2011 International Literacy Day is “Literacy and Peace”.
The Global Literacy Project is currently collecting school supplies for local New Brunswick, New Jersey children.
Items will be donated to the various kindergarten and elementary school programs throughout the city that the organization works with. Top of the list will be the nearly 60 families whose kindergarten students at Tiny Tots are participating in this year’s “Take Reading Home” with Rutgers University student volunteers.
GLP hopes to ease the burden on these families by helping to stuff their children’s backpacks with new notebooks, erasers, pencils, etc.