Celebrate literacy week with Buk Bilong Pikinini

Reading does make the world a different place.

Once more this year, Buk Bilong Pikinini (BbP) will be holding a week-long celebration in honour of literacy.

Their annual Literacy Week commences tomorrow, September 4 and runs through to September 8.

Filled with events such as Meet the Author, the focus is to promote the importance of Early Childhood Learning and Literacy.

The celebration ties in with the United Nation’s International Literacy Day which annually falls on September 8.

International Literacy Day is to raise people's awareness of and concern for literacy issues in the world.

According to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO):

  • About 774 million adults lack the minimum literacy skills.
  • One in five adults is still not literate and two-thirds of them are women.
  • About 75 million children are out-of-school and many more attend irregularly or drop out.

International Literacy Day also underlines the significance of literacy for healthy societies, with a strong emphasis on epidemics and communicable diseases such as HIV, tuberculosis and malaria.

The day is also marked to celebrate literacy because to date, there are nearly four billion literate people in the world.

Picture sourced: Buk Bilong Pikinini

Author: 
Gloria Bauai