Family Literacy Day at the Ontario Science Centre January 27th, 2013

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On Sunday, January 27, 2013, ABC Life Literacy Canada will proudly celebrate the 15th annual Family Literacy Day with an array of author readings and performances, as well as engaging interactive literacy activities, at the Ontario Science Centre.

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In today’s digital world, people who are information literate know how to find, access, and critically evaluate information to improve their health, their environment, their education and workplace performance.

Having that skill set empowers them to interpret and make informed decisions about their lives, in essence, taking more responsibility for their own individual welfare and that of the nation.

Literacy is not just about educating, it is a unique and powerful tool to eliminate poverty and a strong means for social and human progress. The focus of literacy lies in acquiring basic education for all, getting rid of poverty, and reducing infant mortality, simmering down population growth, reaching gender equality and ensuring constant development, peace and democracy.

There are ample reasons why literacy is the centre of Education for All (EFA). A good quality basic education equips people with literacy potentials for life and further learning; literate parents are inclined to send their children to school; literate people are likely to access continuing educational opportunities. Educated societies are better geared to keep pace with the pressing development.

Therefore literacy is considered an effective way to enlighten a society and arm it to facing the challenges of life in an efficient and stronger way, by raising the level of personal living; this creates and assists changes to the society.

Alarming Statistics:

Despite many diverse efforts, the literacy rate across the world looks alarming.

  • A United Nations analysis found that there are close to four billion literate people world-wide.
  • 776 million people lack minimum literacy skills that means one in five adults are not educated.
  •  75 million children did not attend school and many more attend irregularly or are drop outs.
  • Almost 35 countries have a literacy rate of less than 50% and a population of more than 10 million people who are illiterate.
  • 85 percent of the world’s illiterate population dwells in these countries, and two-thirds are fairer sex.

Total Literacy Requires Collective Efforts:

Besides some customary bottlenecks have being observed in some under developed countries like population blast, lack of proper communications and other factors, the grave backlash of the present economic crunch has also cut down the pace of the total literacy drive.

According to the UN, it calls for a combine parallel efforts, sufficient resources and endeavor, strategies, and continued analysis of the developmental work revised political will and for accepting to do things differently at all levels – locally, nationally and trans-nationally.

 A Tier Plan:

Since 2000, for disseminating literacy across the world in big scale various governments of the world have announced four initiatives in collaboration with several agencies of the United Nations. These four initiatives are:

  • Education for all
  • Millennium development targets
  • United Nations literacy decade and
  • United Nations decade of education for constant development.

Several educational programs have been launched by the governments of world to make the people literate. Such literacy programs have become successful, but still a good section of country’s population is still non-literate.

Making the entire world literate may seem like an improbable goal. However, the fact is that without making the entire world literate we cannot expect a global development.

On this special month, let us take an oath to make our country as well as the world literate. It is possible if we take the very first step ourselves by sparing some time for uneducated people living around us.

For more information on how you can help even in a little way check-out volunteering in your local learning centres:


Also visit this great website that handles not just reading and writing.




About writingmama

Sylvia McGrath ~ AKA Writingmama, a freelance writer from King City, Ontario has worked in the business field for about forty years obtaining business management experience and business writing skills. She also spent several years in social work for Children’s Services. Now retired is living her childhood dream of being a writer. A few years ago Sylvia decided to take a course in freelance writing, which she really enjoyed as it was the key to follow her dreams. Since completing the course, she has worked as a professional writer, a published poet and co-authored a book with Two Maximum Life Coaches about living with chronic illness; this is titled After The Diagnosis: The Journey Beyond.” She also co-authored an E-Book of Resources for the parents of children with special needs, chronic illness and learning challenges titled “The Treasure Chest of Resources,” part-one has already been sent to the Canadian National Library Archives. Sylvia has also written several articles on chronic illness for the following online sites. • • • Besides working as a freelance writer, Sylvia still finds time for two other passions of hers; to volunteer as a literacy tutor for her local Learning Centre, and assist in facilitating of workshops on disability awareness. Her main mission for the future is to write a series of books for young adults and children who have learning challenges and suffer chronic illness. At present she is also the co-owner and columnist for “Professor Owl’s Newsletter” which is published on-line monthly for children.
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