International Literacy Day Uses Meatballs to Generate Buzz Among Kids
Who likes meatballs? Who likes reading? Who likes reading about meatballs? International Literacy Day is Monday, September 9, 2013. The day’s message is that strong literacy skills pave the pathway to success—not only in the classroom but also the workplace.
This year, the International Reading Association, is partnering with Sony Pictures and the release of Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2. The theme of the day is “Invent Your Future” to encourage students to focus on literacy as a way of achieving their dreams.
More than 780 million of the world’s adults (nearly two-thirds of whom are women) do not know how to read or write. Between 94 and 115 million children lack access to education. Illiterate people not only miss the joys of reading, without strong literacy skills, they’re prevented from achieving their full potential as productive citizens, as well.
History of International Literacy Day
In 1965, UNESCO declared September 8 International Literacy Day (ILD) in an effort to focus attention on worldwide literacy needs.This year, the day will be celebrated on Monday, a school day, so more kids can get involved. The International Literacy Day celebration continues throughout the month of September.