September 8th is International Literacy Day, and at McGraw-Hill Education, we understand the importance of literacy and the impact it has on a child’s future. Currently almost 800 million people around the world lack basic reading and writing skills. Help show the world the importance of literacy by celebrating International Literacy Day. If you’re looking for ideas, then read these eight ways that you can raise awareness and help others learn about the joys of reading and literacy:
- Educate people on the facts of illiteracy
People who cannot read are more likely to drop out of high school, have poorer health, and have more limited opportunities in terms of employment and income generation. Share facts on social media or with people in your life to help educate others on illiteracy and the importance of possessing reading and writing skills. For more information on how you can educate others, visit http://www.literacyworldwide.org/why-literacy.
- Tutor an adult or child in your community that is learning to read
Ask your local reading program or library to connect you with a program that works with illiterate adults or children that are learning to read! You’ll help make a difference and fight illiteracy.
- Start a book club
A book club is a great way to get others in your town or city excited about reading, and ensures that they are reading consistently! Pick a new book each month and get together each week to discuss it. For ideas and more information on how to start a book club, visit http://www.ilovelibraries.org/booklovers/bookclub
- Start a book exchange or book drive
A book drive or exchange can help raise money for a reading or literacy after-school program or even help out your local library!
- Volunteer at your local library
Libraries are an important learning hub in many communities, and are important in terms of helping to foster learning and literacy for many children. Volunteer at your library and help out with an afterschool reading program.
- Host a read-a-thon in your community
Spark community interest by hosting a reading marathon. Encourage children and adults to read as many books as possible in a given time frame, with incentives and prizes for participants.
- Host a speaker: Invite a local figure or author to discuss the impact literacy has had on his or her life.
A speaker can be a great way to convey the importance of literacy to both children and adults by telling his or her story. You could invite a volunteer involved in a reading charity, or even someone who has volunteered overseas to teach others how to read, such as a Peace Corps member.
- Start or volunteer for a Little Free Library
If you’re not familiar with Little Free Library, it’s an organization that creates “take a book, return a book” places in communities. A Little Free Library is a small book exchange where anyone in the community can stop and pick up a book and bring another book back to share. Little Free Libraries help encourage a love of reading and also possess a unique quality in that people in the community are sharing their favorite books with each other. With over 30,000 registered locations around the world, it’s easy to start one in your community. For more information, visit http://littlefreelibrary.org/faqs/.
If you’re looking for more activities and ways to celebrate International Literacy Day, be sure to visit our Pinterest board, Reading and Literacy.