International Literacy Day
International Literacy Day was originally founded by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) and raises awareness of illiteracy globally.
Reading and writing are essential for our everyday lives, such as navigating signs, news, menus, and even labels on food. There are challenges with illiteracy, as approximately 771 million people still lack basic reading and writing skills.
UNESCO is holding a hybrid event and awards ceremony to remind everyone of the importance of literacy: You can find more information here
But what can be done to support literacy?
· Governments, schools, and communities can participate in activities to focus on illiteracy.
· Books can be donated to libraries and offer tuition to support success and development.
· Discussions, group sessions and 1-to-1s.
This year the theme is ‘transforming literacy learning spaces’ and at Edinburgh Napier University, we want to show how important spaces can be to ensuring inclusive education for everyone. For example, our group study rooms on resourcebooker.napier.ac.uk in the library provide a comfortable space for collaborative and group discussions, as well as technical equipment that can support development with researching and writing for dissertations and assignments.
What is the result of literacy?
Increasing literacy also gives people skills for employment with opportunities to develop and break the cycle of poverty, through small steps. It also provides people with knowledge and communication to express feelings and emotions.
You can find articles and books via the library search:
Our academic skills advisers are also here to help you on your university journey!