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World Read Aloud Day Comes Up February 20th!

World Read Aloud Day is about taking action to show the world that the right to read and write belongs to all people. World Read Aloud Day motivates children, teens, and adults worldwide to celebrate the power of words and creates a community of readers advocating for every child’s right to a safe education, increased access to books and technology.

World Read Aloud Day is all about spreading a love for reading. We think everyone in the world should get to read and write. Every year, people all around the globe celebrate WRAD by reading and sharing stories together.

Studies show that literacy is the foundation for emotional and physical well-being, intellectual growth, and economic security. Furthermore, reading aloud improves listening skills, vocabulary acquisition, and the understanding of common story themes and structures that will factor into children’s future success.

Reading aloud to children every day puts them almost a year ahead of children who do not receive daily read-alouds regardless of parental income, education level or cultural background. (Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research).

If all children in low-income countries left school literate, 171 million people could move out of poverty. (World Literacy Foundation).

This year, WRAD will be celebrated across schools and communities in Nigeria through numerous activities including LitFests, Read Aloud Sessions and advocacy with stakeholders.

Objectives

  1. Create awareness on the right to literacy for every person
  2. Mobilize more people to volunteer to teach literacy in disadvantaged schools
  3. Engage stakeholders on the importance of reading and encourage them to make commitments towards promoting reading within their constituencies.

Outcomes

  1. Awareness create on every human’s right to reading
  2. Volunteers mobilized to teach reading in disadvantaged schools
  3. Stakeholders make commit towards promoting reading in the constituencies and contexts they are able to influence

In Abuja, the confirmed venues for Saturday February 20, 2016 are:

  • Tasha
  • Garki Model Primary School
  • Garki Police Barracks
  • LEA Primary School Kado
  • Apo Resettlement Town Hall.

Organizing Partners

LitWorld, Global G.L.O.W, Civil Society Action Coalition on Education For All (CSACEFA), Youth Initiative for Sustainable Human Development in Africa (YISHDA), Connected Development (CODE), Nigeria Reads and the Reading Room and the National Youth Coalition on Education (NYCE).

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