Worldwide, Literacy Day is commended on September 8th every year. The very first International Literacy Day was celebrated in 1966. To this Day, UNESCO is raising awareness of literacy’s value and encouraging children and adults to develop their literacy skills.
This year, it’s even more critical to discuss literacy, as thousands of schools were closed globally during the pandemic. It’s unclear what this impact will have on literacy in the long term, but one thing is clear – it’s more important than ever to spotlight literacy skills and encourage children to develop them.
The theme for this year’s International Literacy Day has been decided “Transforming Literacy Learning Spaces.” The theme will be an opportunity to reevaluate the fundamental importance of literate learning environments, promote resilience, and ensure high-quality, equitable, and inclusive education for all.
Our Sustainable Schools program offers learning and teaching interventions applicable in the classroom, the wider community, and everywhere in between – all while supporting whole school participation in continuous learning, action, reflection, and adaptation process.
Our curriculum and CAPS-aligned lesson plans and worksheets facilitate reading and writing within the classroom. Not only do we provide helpful resources for teachers, but we can also help and assist your school with nature experiences to boost academic learning, personal development, and environmental stewardship.
Research shows that from wilderness backpacking weekends to food gardens in a preschool to a wetland lesson on frogs can promote literacy and learning. Another reason to book a day or overnight camp with our Sustainable Schools team. These can be tailor-made if you want to address specific topics or curriculum-aligned content. We provide a safe space for learners to engage in educational, fun, hands-on, active experiences.
Yes, International Literacy Day is a reminder of the challenges around early literacy, but even more so that we can all be a part of creating change in the long term!
To join our Sustainable School programme or book a camp for your school, please contact [email protected].
For more information also visit our online Sustainable School hub: https://sustainableschools.dev2.theethicalagency.co.za/