ACT for Literacy
Most people remember reading one or two Dr. Seuss books in school as they grew up and many credit Dr. Seuss with sparking their love of reading. International Literacy Day is September 8, 2012 and a perfect day to share how reading opened your eyes to world full of meaning and expression.
On this International Literacy Day, almost 800 million adults worldwide are illiterate, but through social awareness, advocacy and generosity we can change that.
How to ACT:
• Check out and comment on the new GCE-US blog! Facia Sirleaf, a Liberian teenager shares her story to illustrate the importance of education.
• Use social media to tweet and share about the power of literacy. Use the hashtags #allchildrenreading and #ed4all. Be sure to @GCE_US so we can RT and share to double the impact! Click here to tell us about why you think literacy is important and/or about your favorite book on the GCE-US facebook page!
Example tweets/Facebook posts/gchat statuses
Did you know that almost 800 million people are illiterate worldwide? @GCE_US #ed4all
My favorite book to read with my dad was Cat in the Hat. All Children should have that joy. @GCE_US #allchildrenreading #ed4all
Having basic reading skills could lift 172 million people worldwide out of poverty! @GCE_US #allchildrenreading #ed4all
• Participate in the Global Partnership for Education's "Reading Changed my Life" photo and video contest!
• Find a charity to donate books (textbooks, children's books, etc) through the National Service Knowledge Network or donate them to your local library or school. A study in Ethiopia showed that a student having a textbook boosted their reading fluency by 9.5 words per minute and having books in the home boosted it by 8.3 words per minute.
• Read to your children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews and explain to them the importance of reading.
• Practice habits of good readers with the children in your life. Ask them questions as you read to them or they read to you-allow them to predict, reason and make connections as they listen. Click here for help in guiding your questions and your young reader.
Remember that the more people that know about how literacy can change the world, the more likely that change will happen! I hope you will take action with us,
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Action Alerts are produced and distributed by the Global Campaign for Education-US, a coalition organization dedicated to ensuring quality education for all children. The next issue will focus on an exciting education initiative launch by U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon!