International Literacy Day

Today at ecodek® towers we are celebrating International Literacy Day.

Half a century ago, the U.N. recognized the importance of literacy by making September 8th, today, International Literacy Day.  It’s a day to remind ourselves what a privilege the skill is. Reading “is a bridge from misery to hope,” Kofi Annan, the former U.N. secretary general, once said.  In line with this year’s theme — “literacy in a digital world” — educators and policy makers will convene at Unesco’s headquarters in Paris to discuss ways to help 750 million illiterate adults (two-thirds of whom are women) catch up in a world where many are communicating online.The U.N. will also distribute International Literacy Prizes to projects that develop literacy skills, like the Citizens Foundation, which runs more than 1,400 schools in poor slums and villages across Pakistan.

Celebrated worldwide, it brings together governments, multi and bilateral organisations, private sectors, communities, teachers, learners and experts in the field.

The overall aim is to look at what kind of literacy skills people need to navigate increasingly digitally-mediated societies and to explore literacy policies and programmes that can leverage the opportunities that the digital world provides.

Some are celebrating the day in quirkier ways. Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, has been requesting thousands of book donations to support its attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the longest line of books. The donations will be given to children in local Head Start programs, a platform that helps youngsters from low-income families prepare for school.

On the Bookaid International Website you too can get involved to show literacy is changing people’s lives where you live.   To show how #Literacy Thrives where you live to take part you can share a photo of yourself reading, share a photo of a book that you got excited about reading or share a photo of you and your family reading together.   After International Literacy Day, the photos will be selected and a gallery will be created to show all of the ways that literacy and books are changing lives. Don’t forget to include the hashtag #LiteracyThrives!

On the subject of reading we thought we’d share with you and take a look at some of the incredible library buildings around the world.

Check out this link from Business insider who feature 7 of the best library buildings in North America, including Billings Public Library in Billings, Montana and Chicago Public Library.   It’s also worth checking out 28 of the world’s coolest library buildings.

Olson Kundig is a Seattle-based design practice and also came up with the invention of an incredible library design which is called The Brain based in Seattle, Washington.

Closer to home, Dame Zaha Mohammad Hadid, an architect in the UK was the first woman to receive the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2004.

Zaha Hadid produced the sinuous steel-clad design – the Investcorp building which is the library at St Antony’s College in Oxford, unveiled in May 2015.

We also share with you an article on mysterious paper sculptures from Staff at the Scottish Poetry Library came up with some amazing creations carved from paper from books. That’s one way to recycle your books!

This week’s feature photo really does put us in the autumnal mood and is from Vladimir Pustovit via Flickr.

What book are you reading currently and what are your favourite novels? Leave us a comment in the comments field below.


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