UNESCO has dedicated September 8 as International Literacy Day.
Imagine trying to get through the day without knowing how to use your mobile phone, an ATM, or a self-check out line. Now imagine that you also struggle to read. “Literacy in a digital world” is the theme of this year’s International Literacy Day. We know that you cannot be truly literate without digital skills. That’s why The READ Center will include digital learning in our curriculum this year. One way we’re doing that is through the TOTI Virtual Teaching App.
READ is evolving as our students’ needs evolve. Fittingly, teachers will be training on how to use TOTI on Friday, which just so happens to be #LiteracyDay!
According to UNESCO, literacy rates continue to rise globally. Unfortunately, there are still millions of low-literate people. Approximately 36 million adults in the US cannot read, write, or do basic math above a third grade level. Additionally, about 1 in 10 adults in Richmond, Henrico, and Chesterfield lack basic prose skills.
International Literacy Day is a great reminder of the need for change. Want to get involved? Help us spread awareness by sharing our #LiteracyDay posts on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Also, consider volunteering with The READ Center. Join us for our next Volunteer Orientation, on October 2 or October 4.