Wednesday, September 07, 2011

International Literacy Day: September 8th

Tomorrow is International Literacy day, a day when we try to promote literacy and understand it's contributions as a human right. This day was created by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organisation) in 1965 and has been celebrated since. UNESCO's goals are to promote literacy all over the world because, as they say:

"Literacy is a human right, a tool of personal empowerment and a means for social and human development. Educational opportunities depend on literacy.

Literacy is at the heart of basic education for all, and essential for eradicating poverty, reducing child mortality, curbing population growth, achieving gender equality and ensuring sustainable development, peace and democracy. There are good reasons why literacy is at the core of Education for All (EFA).

A good quality basic education equips pupils with literacy skills for life and further learning; literate parents are more likely to send their children to school; literate people are better able to access continuing educational opportunities; and literate societies are better geared to meet pressing development."

Here at Melange we are going to be celebrating International Literacy Day by giving you ten percent off all books in hopes that we can help you and your loved ones to expand your horizons. Also take this opportunity to contribute to raising Canada's literacy rate (99% of the population over the age of 15) by buying some of our children's books to read to your children or encourage a friend to read!

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