September 8th, 2019 is International Literacy Day. The theme of this year’s International Literacy Day is ‘Literacy and Multilingualism’, a rare platform to stand together with the celebration of 2019 International Year of Indigenous Languages and the 25th anniversary of the World Conference on Special Needs Education that roots for inclusive education. On the eve of this year’s International Literacy Day, governments, civil society and several stakeholders with various literacy programmes shall focus on the traits of multilingualism in this digitally globalized world, and examine their impact on world literacy in letter and spirit, towards the establishment of inclusive multilingual environments.
According to UNESCO, the broader significance of this international occasion is to encourage universal access to quality education and learning opportunities by ensuring that the youth achieve literacy and numeracy, and that adults who lack these skills are given the opportunity to acquire them.
On this day, governments and civil society actors across the world launch a series of special events in communities, schools and universities across the world to promote literacy and its importance. Here are some ways in which you can get involved in celebrating and raise awareness on the power of literacy, on this international day:
Educate people on illiteracy facts
People who cannot read and write are more likely to drop out of school, and have limited job opportunities in their lives. Share these facts on illiteracy with people within your close circle and social media, and on how literacy can liberate people from getting trapped in cyclical poverty. Inform them that creation of generational wealth gathered through education and literacy is the best remedy to eradicate poverty.
Volunteer at a local library
Local libraries often prefer to avail volunteer services. As a volunteer, you may be able to help them out with their programmes involving after school reading clubs that promote reading in local language, summer programmes for children, or weekend storytelling sessions. You can also ask in your local library for a list of volunteer reading and illiteracy programmes, and tutor adults and children in your community to promote education and literacy.
Book Clubs and Book Drives
Reading books has become a rare thing in this Internet age. A book club is a great beginning to get others in your locality excited about reading. Invite a few friends home, pick a different book each month, and hold a book discussion on the books read by all of you every month. If you are looking to save money on buying books, consider using e-books as an option.
You can also organize book drives at the local library or in schools to raise money to fund those reading or literacy after-school programmes in your community.
Gifting a Book
Gifting the power of written word is the most simplest and valuable way of celebrating this World Literacy Day. Include a note to go with this gift that reflects your belief in the primacy of education and literacy, and perhaps share a book that was meaningful to you as a kid with a family member or a friend.
Leveraging the power of social media
You can share stories, speeches, excerpts and experiences on the power of the written word through your social media channels, and inspire your friends, family and colleagues. You can also post your favourite quotes on power of language or suggest five books in any language for reading using hashtags for greater visibility.
Learning a new language
In line with the theme of 2019’ World Literacy Day on Multilingualism, learn a new language, or perhaps start a conversation with a local in a new place. With online language apps such as Duolingo, picking up a new language is easy and fun, as you get to collect points on acing each difficulty level.
Funding a child’s education
This World Literacy Day, you can celebrate and inspire others to fund complete education of a child in need. Formal schooling and education plays a crucial role in child development and you can fund a child’s education by donating to an educational NGO or school. You can fund this literacy cause by availing a personal loan for education available on Finserv MARKETS. The personal loan for education on Finserv MARKETS offers an instant, tailor-made, zero collateral loan amount of upto Rs. 25 lakhs at low interest rates. You can avail additional benefits such as assured flexibility of interest only-EMIs for loan repayment over a period of 1-5 years, unlimited withdrawals, part payment with no extra charges levied, online account management facility, and customised insurance plans to protect your loan liability. The processing of personal loan for education on Finserv MARKETS is easy and completely online with minimal paperwork, and you can get the loan approved in three minutes flat, with the loan money credited into your bank account within 24 hrs.
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