8 September is International Literacy Day
"Our world is rich and diverse with about 7,000 living languages. These languages are instruments for communication, engagement in lifelong learning, and participation in society and the world of work. They are also closely linked with distinctive identities, cultures, world-views, and knowledge systems. Embracing linguistic diversity in education and literacy development is therefore a key part of developing inclusive societies that respect “diversity” and “difference”, upholding human dignity.”
Audrey Azoulay, Director General, Message on the occasion of International Literacy Day
What is International Literacy Day about?
8 September is International Literacy Day, an annual event that came from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation’s (UNESCO) General Conference in 1966.
It serves to remind the public of the importance of literacy as a matter of dignity and human rights, and to advance the literacy agenda towards a more literate and sustainable society.
International Literacy Day 2019 is an opportunity will focus on ‘literacy and multilingualism’, embracing linguistic diversity in education and literacy development.
How St Nick’s is promoting early literacy skills
Children who attend St Nicholas Early Education experience a program that incorporates elements of Reggio Emilia, which recognises the importance of a child-centred program enhanced by the partnership between parents, educators, children, community and the learning environment.
In terms of literacy, educators use this child-centred approach to design learning experiences that children are interested in. For instance, if educators find that the children are developing an interest in dinosaurs, they can incorporate this interest into story time and other literacy experiences.
Contact St Nicholas Early Education
To learn more about St Nicholas Early Education and to enquire about enrolling your child in one of our centres, click here.