Beyond Our Pages: Unveiling the Global Impact and my Journey as a 2023 Youth Ambassador

Beyond Our Pages: Unveiling the Global Impact and my Journey as a 2023 Youth Ambassador

My name is Florida Maharjan, and I am from Nepal. I am a youth and literacy advocate and I am deeply passionate about working for the well-being of women and children.

Journey as a 2023 WLF Youth Ambassador Program

From a young age, I have always been a diligent and studious individual. Books hold a special place in my heart, and I make it a point to carry one with me wherever I go. My love for reading and continuous learning has been a constant source of motivation for me.

When the opportunity arose to become a Youth Ambassador for the World Literacy Foundation (WLF), I was deeply moved by their mission to provide 150,000 underprivileged children with their very first book. This resonated with my passion for education and presented a means for me to reach out to more children in need worldwide.

Upon being selected for this role, I quickly realized that the program extended beyond merely providing books to children. It aimed at painting a broader picture of education for us as participants and harbored the long-term goal of eradicating illiteracy worldwide. Since then, I have committed myself to making a meaningful impact through education, especially within the humanitarian context, aligning it with my purpose and dedication to creating positive change.

During the program, all ambassadors were required to grasp the foundational concepts of fundraising, which played a crucial role in taking action.

Beyond Our Pages:

Hence, “Beyond Our Pages (BOP): From Pages to Possibilitieswas initiated in 2023 as an online international fundraising event for the World Literacy Foundation. It featured an open auction of literary experiences and a series of capacity-building literacy workshops for youth participants.

BOP emphasized that literacy goes beyond reading and writing, representing the power to confidently communicate thoughts, feelings, hopes, and dreams. The initiative aimed to create a space for discussions on literacy’s importance and youth activism, amplifying individual voices impacted by the cause.

The journey of BOP spanned from July 2023 to October 2023, with a dedicated team of 70 individuals working collaboratively. We formed sub-committees focused on outreach, participant engagement, marketing, and creatives based on individual interests and learning goals.

The team successfully enlisted renowned authors such as Margaret Atwood, Min Jin Lee, Julia Quinn, Suzanne Collins, Holly Black, and more, who generously donated signed books for the event.

Additionally, BOP hosted workshops on various topics like Innovating the Literary Landscape: Creating a New Genre (Zorana Manic), Power of Creative Thinking and Creative Writing (Sarah Warring), and Elements of Storytelling (Michelle Nkamankeng).

Guest speakers shared insights on topics like Unlocking the 21st Century’s Literary Key: Influence of Books on Personal Development (Ogedengbe Racheal Denise),Beyond Reading and Writing – Adolescent Voices (Shawntelle Morgan), all shedding light to up and coming authors.

In summary, BOP brought together 24 author contributors, 10 workshop hosts, and 9 guest speakers, surpassing initial expectations. This experience underscored the importance of thinking big, reaching out, and the collaborative power of a group.

The fundraising event attracted over 65 participants globally, raising $152.49 to support WLF’s mission of providing books to underprivileged children.

Key Reflections:

Reflecting on my personal learning as a core team member and outreach head for BOP, this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity allowed me to collaborate with individuals from diverse regions, sharing ideas and opinions with a unified goal.

Taking on a leadership role and contributing innovative concepts were aspects I never thought I could achieve. The program facilitated self-discovery in a fun and impactful environment, fostering friendships that extended to opportunities like participating in UNESCO’s Global Media and Information Literacy Youth Hackathon.

I am honored to serve as a 2023 Youth Ambassador for the World Literacy Foundation, firmly believing in the significance of every voice.

Looking forward, the goal is to extend Beyond Our Pages beyond being just a fundraising event. The plan is to build upon the foundation we have established, foster community growth, and actively participate in more international projects and summits. This involves advocating for education and literacy as a global citizen and a changemaker.

Participating in this program has been an unparalleled journey, providing opportunities to lead, learn, and make a positive impact.

Ambassador Blog Photo 2023

Author: Florida Maharjan
Country: Nepal

Over the years, I have successfully balanced my professional commitments working in operations with my humanitarian efforts, collaborating with organizations such as HattiHatti Nepal, participating twice as a United Nations Online Volunteer for UNDP Nepal, and contributing to the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security in Thailand.

Currently, I hold the position of Service Project Chair for the Rotaract Club of Himalaya Patan, where I engage in various humanitarian causes spanning education, sustainability, health, and more, to create a positive impact in the community.

In 2023, I had the honor of being selected as a Youth Ambassador for the World Literacy Foundation (WLF), furthering my commitment to global literacy initiatives.

Essential skills for children’s written mastery

Essential skills for children’s written mastery

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Essential skills for children’s written mastery.

 

Essential skills for children’s written mastery

 Essential skills for children's written mastery
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A child’s brain develops faster during their first five years than at any other time in their lives, which is why it’s crucial to get them involved in preschool. The expert support they receive during preschool will help them develop the skills they need to succeed in the future.

Preschool days are filled with activities that help children develop emotionally, socially, intellectually, and physically. They’ll also develop invaluable cognitive skills like vocabulary and basic counting that will set them up for a lifetime of learning. All of these skills combined will also help boost their self-esteem.

Preschool curriculums include a wide range of themes and activities that help children develop the skills and abilities they need to grow into well-behaved, well-rounded kids. Read on to learn the essential preschool academic skills children should learn during this crucial period.

Gross Motor Skills for Preschoolers Physical development begins with the development of gross motor skills. The development of gross motor skills will also help develop other important physical skills, including agility, hand-eye coordination, strength, balance, and body awareness. Examples of gross motor skills include:

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Painting Drawing Pasting Cutting Puzzles Playing with pegs and pegboards Constructing boxes Threading Lacing Molding playdough Playing with construction toys Developing a pencil grip Learning to form letters

Math Concepts in Preschool The foundations of mathematics begin in preschool, where children will start counting things and learn to recognize numbers. They will also begin to understand how math is used in the real world, building the foundation for more complex math curriculums in the future. Examples of math concepts that children should master in preschool include:

Rote counting up to 20 Sorting Reliably counting objects Classifying Temperature Capacity Length Weight Space Time Area Shapes In preschool, children learn math concepts while having fun participating in activities like baking, playing with water, playing in the sandpit, building with blocks, and even during clean-up time.

Problem Solving in Preschool Problem-solving is a crucial life skill that children should develop early. Problem-solving skills are essential in every aspect of life. Learning these skills helps children build a solid foundation for success in personal relationships, school, and daily activities. Games, assignments, and personal interactions are all effective ways to help children learn the essential problem-solving skills they need. Some preschool-level activities that help children master problem-solving skills include:

Playing board games Construction play Building puzzles Social play that requires children to resolve problems Vocabulary in Preschool A child’s vocabulary can expand dramatically in a preschool environment. During preschool, they will learn grammar, the meaning of words, sentence construction, tenses, and more. They will master these skills during daily activities, including:

Playing games Singing rhymes and songs Circle time discussions Playing with friends Playing with toys and equipment Listening to stories Learning about themes Writing Skills for Preschoolers By the time they’re three years old, most children are capable of learning how to read simple words and write their names. During preschool, they will practice these skills, which will set them up for literacy development success in kindergarten and beyond.

During preschool, children will master critical pre-writing skills like pencil grip, forming letters and patterns, learning about letters and their formations, and crossing the midline. These skills will be mastered through various art and play activities.

Listening Skills in Preschool The development of listening skills is essential for a child’s overall social and academic learning experience. During preschool, children will learn how to follow directions, participate in class discussions, and understand what they’re being taught. They will master these skills by participating in activities like:

Music activities Class discussions Listening to stories Playing games like I Spy and Broken Telephone

While children spend a lot of time mastering these skills at school, they must also continue to focus on them at home.

Reading Skills in Preschool Learning to read requires the development of auditory and visual perception. Children will spend much of their time in preschool mastering the pre-reading skills they need to learn how to read formally in the future. These skills include:

Listening comprehension Letter knowledge Print awareness Phonological awareness Motivation to read Children will learn to master these skills through activities like:

Following instructions Playing listening games Playing games involving hearing syllables Playing word games Playing rhyming games Social Skills for Preschoolers One of the essential skills that children will master in preschool is their social skills. In preschool, they’re constantly surrounded by adults and friends, which helps them learn how to interact appropriately with other people of all ages. Children must develop these essential skills before they start kindergarten.

During preschool, children will learn how to:

Share Cooperate Take turns Work together Follow simple directions Communicate their wants and needs It’s crucial for children to learn how to use spoken words and body language to convey their needs and express their feelings. In preschool, children will spend their days learning how to:

Create and follow rules in games to encourage positive interaction Take turns Share Consider the opinions of others Show empathy Cooperate and negotiate Resolve conflicts Lead and follow The early years are the most important in a child’s overall development. Play is the best way to teach preschoolers the skills they need to master that will set them up for future social, emotional, and academic success. By creating a curriculum that engages the senses and allows children to use their whole bodies, they will eventually master the preschool academic skills they need. A quality preschool curriculum delivers a well-rounded education through a balance of well-planned, adult-guided play and free play.

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