With International Literacy Day right just over a month away, falling on September 8th, it’s time to start thinking about ways to get involved! Did you know that approximately 774 million adults lack minimum literacy skills? International Literacy Day is a great way to address literacy in your local community.
Organizing an event centered around reading is a great way to celebrate the day, and spread awareness about literacy concerns. International Literacy Day projects are popular in many communities, and can be held at your local school, community center, or library! There are so many ways to bring attention to literacy in your local society. Here are just a few ways to celebrate International Literacy Day this September!
A read-a-thon is a great way to bring literacy education and awareness to your local schools! Many students commit to 10 reading sessions, ranging from 10-30 minutes a day for 10 days–and they can read any book of their choosing! Read-a-thons can even be adapted as a fundraiser-style project. Online readathon organizations allow your readers to build online pledge pages that they can share with their donors through social media, email, or text.
Many of us remember how exciting book fairs are as children–they’ve been popular for years! Book fairs can be extremely simple to organize, as many national book retailers will organize a charitable book fair at your local store or online, allowing your group a vast selection of books, magazines, and educational toys and games. New books are a great way to inspire others to read more and bring literacy into your community.
What’s a better way to encourage others to read more than learning from a great role model? Ask a local athlete, musician, or performer to donate their time to read to a group of children. Studies show that children who are frequently read to use more literary language, sophisticated syntactic form, relative causes, and longer phrases than children who are not frequently read to. Host this event at a local school or library, and register your event with an online ticketing platform. By charging a small entry fee for this event, you can use the funds to donate to an awesome organization like the World Literacy Foundation!
Interested in working with the World Literacy Foundation for International Literacy Day? Check out our website for more information.