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International Literacy Day is today. In the first place, this day is always celebrated on September 8th. Since there are so many challenges in the world; this day is an opportunity for all schools, organizations and the government to reflect on challenges and improve.

International Literacy Day

So, literacy! This is one of the most important skills a person can have. So, this means so many things. At the same time, the importance of this day is to converse and engage in:

  • Listening
  • Reading
  • Spelling
  • Writing

Of course, kids who understand are easily able to make sense of things. When you don’t know how to read or write; this can cause issues in life.

One of the most important things for every kid is to learn to read at an early age. In light of last month being book lovers day and this month being read a book a day; why not select a book to read? Be sure to visit our Book Lovers Day August 9 post where you will find a few ideas on books to read.

By reading, you’re opening a world of possibilities. For instance, imagine yourself in a story. When you read something; you can learn new things.

Importance of Literacy in Our Youth’s Development

All in all, the ability to read and write is an important skill. Moreover, these skills are tied to things we do everyday. Not only is reading important; but also opens the door to new skills both culturally and intellectually.

Whether you’re reading a book or researching a topic; literacy is evolving. Ultimately, our youth who learn good reading and writing skills typically perform better in the classroom and have a healthier self image.

So, even if you don’t have the financial means; libraries are an option for any kid. Now, is the time to get a library card and begin reading and researching all types of books and programs. New York Public Library has many programs for families and youth.

In conclusion, literacy begins on day one of a child’s life.

Take the time to read and limit the amount of time your kid spends in front of a television or computer and encourage your kids to read a book.

As always, I welcome your comments.