Monday, February 28, 2011
World Read Aloud Day: March 9, 2011
Nearly 1 billion people entered the 21st century unable to read a book or sign their name. What would you miss most if you could not read or write? Imagine your world without words.
World Read Aloud Day is about taking action to show the world that the right to read and write belongs to all people. World Read Aloud Day motivates children, teens, and adults worldwide to celebrate the power of words, especially those words that are shared from one person to another, and creates a community of readers advocating for every child’s right to a safe education and access to books and technology. By raising our voices together on this day we show the world’s children that we support their future: that they have the right to read, to write, and to share their words to change the world.
Across the globe nearly 171 million children could be lifted out of poverty if they left school with basic reading and writing skills. Quality literacy education is the difference between life and death, prosperity and despair. This is literacy for survival.
It’s time to join the global literacy movement. http://www.litworld.org/worldreadaloudday/
"I know the day is coming when global literacy isn’t fiction. I don’t know how long it will take, but I know that day will come."
- 10 year-old World Read Aloud Day Participant from Connecticut, USA
Accomplished so far:
• Reached 35 countries and 40,000 participants in Year One, March 3, 2010
• Preparing for March 9, 2011
for more info and sign up: http://www.litworld.org/worldreadaloudday/
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