This year, International Literacy Day will be celebrated across the world under the theme of “Literacy in a digital world”. 40 years ago, UNESCO declared that every year, on the 8th September, the international community should remember that literacy is a human right and the foundation of all learning.
Did you know that according to Statista.com, the S.A. literacy rate improved from 88% in 2007 to 95% in 2015? However, it is acknowledged that reading with comprehension among the younger children must receive more focus. Japan and Chile recently turned their literacy results around by simply making it a holistic national priority.
South Africa can effect similar change in the literate rate of our 9-year old children. Let us each be part of a groundswell to be a member of the community in the village that raises it’s young to become educated, literate and responsible human beings.
Don’t forget that Maria Montessori stated in her 1946 London Lectures, “Children acquire knowledge through experience in the environment.” So, let us offer books that will interest them and be relevant to their lifestyles.