Since 1967, UNESCO has promoted the importance of education and literacy by encouraging the world to celebrate International Literacy Day. Every year, on September 8th, students, educators, parents, and other individuals around the globe celebrate International Literacy Day (ILD).
Through programs aimed at literacy (such as reading, writing, spelling, and comprehension), UNESCO’s goal is to improve the quality of life and work of individuals around the world while contributing to equitable and sustainable societies. This year’s theme of ‘Literacy and Skills Development’ aims to explore and highlight integrated approaches that simultaneously support the development of literacy and skills.
At the Brain Workshop, we celebrate ILD day because we recognise the importance of reading, writing, and comprehension as one of the pillars of not only education but also life. Despite progress made, literacy challenges persist around the world, while at the same time the demands for literacy-based skills required for work evolve rapidly.
Literacy Around the World
According to UNICEF’s 2018 data, on a global scale, youth literacy rates between the ages of 15 and 24 have increased from 83 percent to 91 percent over two decades. Additionally, the number of illiterate youth declined from 170 million to 115 million.
Despite this significant improvement, it’s important to recognise that regional and gender disparities persist in certain areas around the world.
According to UNICEF data:
- Literacy rates are lowest in underdeveloped countries.
- Literacy rates are higher among males than females. Across 43 countries, located primarily in Northern Africa and Western Asia, Southern Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, young women are less likely to receive access to educational programs that teach basic reading and writing skills.
- Young women represent 59 percent of the total illiterate global youth population (between the ages of 15 and 24).
- UNESCO states there are still over 750 million adults (over the age of 24) in the world who remain illiterate, two-thirds of which are women. This accounts for a staggering 26 percent of the adult population that can’t read or write.
The Global Fight Against Illiteracy
What can you do to promote literacy in your community and abroad? We’ve compiled a list of ideas to get you started:
- Start reading to your children at a young age.
- Encourage early learners to create their own short stories.
- Practice spelling with young learners by using fun games.
- Discuss and brainstorm 100 reasons why learning to read, write, and speak is essential.
- Tutor an adult in your community that is learning how to read.
- Hold a book drive and donate books to a charity that aims to educate youth in developing countries.
- Host a book club with an international theme.
- Gift a book to a new reader.
- Become involved with your local library.
We encourage you to help promote world literacy in your community. While the world has made significant strides to combat global illiteracy over the last 50 years, there is still progress to be made. Working together, we can defeat global illiteracy to provide greater opportunities and quality of life to individuals around the world.
The Brain Workshop & ReadRX
Neuroscience has proven that through harnessing the brain’s plasticity with a series of intense mental exercises, we can strengthen existing neural connections and even create new ones. By strengthening weak cognitive skills, particularly phonemic awareness, and auditory processing, our program results in significant improvement to reading and comprehension skills for students.
We work with families and individuals looking to improve their cognitive function, to include reading and literacy skills. Regardless of your age, our programs are designed to improve reading skills.
As certified brain trainers of ReadRx, the Brain Workshop cognitive skills training focuses on the root causes of reading struggles. ReadRx is an intensive sound-to-code reading and spelling intervention for ages six to adult. ReadRx includes all BrainRx procedures, auditory processing training, plus basic, and complex code reading training.
The Brain Workshop Book Club
In celebration of World Literacy Day, we are excited to announce our Book Club for kids aged between 8 – 12. Our first Book Club will kick off on Saturday the 27th of October, from 1-2pm, with an exciting “Thriller-Halloween” theme. We hope to see you there!
If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about our brain-based programs, contact a member of our team today to schedule your consultation.