Let's mark International Literacy Day!

September 8th was proclaimed International Literacy Day by UNESCO in 1965. It was first celebrated in 1966 and ever since it is being marked annually all over the world. Its aim is to highlight the importance of literacy to individuals, communities and societies.

This year, The International Reading Association, in collaboration with NASA, has launched an initiative to mark the day with activities that lonk literacy with space knowledge.

This initiative (“Lift Off to Literacy”) is aimed to help students develop a literacy habit. Starting on September 8, 2014, students should devote an additional 60 seconds each day for 60 days to literacy activities. Some of these activities would be: forming words out of given letters, reading or writing stories and poems on a given topic.

We encourage everyone to join in the celebration of the International Literacy Day and share the message that developing a habit of reading, writing, listening, and speaking leads to lifelong literacy success. After all, 60 seconds can change your life!

For more information about this initiative, as well as for the available resources and activities, visit: http://www.reading.org/international-literacy-day-2014/home

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