Saturday, September 06, 2008

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International Literacy Day - September 8

Focuses attention on worldwide literacy needs. More than 780 million of the world’s adults; nearly 2/3's are women do not know how to read or write.

Between 94 and 115 million children do not have access to education.

Literacy is the best remedy is the theme of International Literacy Day 2008. There is a direct connection between people's level of literacy and health.

“An illiterate person is simply more vulnerable to ill-health, and less likely to seek medical help for themselves, their family or their community,” notes the Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, in the message he will issue for Literacy Day. “Literacy is a powerful yet too often overlooked remedy to health threats, with the potential to promote better nutrition, diesease prevention and treatment.”

Celebrating International Literacy Day Around the World

UNESCO - Paris
Award ceremony at UNESCO Headquarters for the winners of 2008’s UNESCO Literacy Prizes which honor outstanding local, regional, or national literacy programs. Literacy projects in Brazil, Zambia, South Africa, Ethiopia, and Morocco are the 2008 winners.

A round table on Literacy and Health on 8 September 2008, 10 to 11:30 am.

International Reading Association - Washington, DC

Reading Across Continents - Connecting Students & Teachers via Technology & Literature
Uniting Washington, DC, Nigerian, and Ghanaian students through the sharing of novels: Copper Sun (penetrating story of the slave trade) by Draper and Purple Hibiscus (heartfelt story of growing up in Nigeria’s political tumult) by Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
At the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Public Library, 10 am - Noon

California - Budget Impasse

The recently released Republican proposal to eliminate the California Library Literacy Services and English Acquisition and Literacy Programs for a savings of $4.5 million.

For More, Please See:

California Library Literacy - Eliminate Funding @ literacyspace
When adults can't read - and what you can do to help ! @ PVLD Director's Blog

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