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Sharing the joy of reading

27th September 2017 | Blog

On Friday 8th September, people around the world came together to celebrate the gift of reading on International Literacy Day.

Literacy is an integral part of lifelong learning yet at least 750 million adults and youth globally cannot read or write and 250 million children are failing to acquire basic literacy skills [1]. Learning to read isn’t just about having access to books – you may have access to books but never make use of them if you are unaware of the benefits. That’s why, thanks to the support of players of People’s Postcode Lottery, we worked with partners in 10 countries to put on special events to celebrate International Literacy Day and promote the value of reading to their wider communities.

Armed with brand new books for prizes, banners and posters to advertise their events and small gifts for giveaways, our partners ran a range of events to mark the big day and put reading on the map for their local communities.

From dancing and processions to reading competitions and local games, our partners celebrated the gift of reading in all sorts of ways:

 

Ethiopia

Kenya

Sierra Leone

Tonkolili Library Sierra Leone International Literacy Day celebrations
A reader takes a look at Tonkolili Library’s book display

Tanzania

Uganda

Zanzibar

Zimbabwe

As a result of these events, partners have already seen an increase in the number of people, especially school children, visiting their libraries and using the books in their collections. This is exactly what Reading Promotion events aim to achieve and we hope this trend continues in all the communities that celebrated the joy of books and reading on International Literacy Day.

 

[1] http://en.unesco.org/themes/literacy

 

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