As the world observed International Literacy Day last Friday, Appliance Traders Ltd team members went to Amy Bailey (Model) Basic School on Camp Road in Kingston to read to the students and donate much-needed books and other supplies.
This year the day was celebrated under the theme ‘Literacy in a digital world’. According to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) which organises the celebrations, digital technologies are fundamentally changing the way people live, work, learn and socialise everywhere at record speed.
“They are giving new possibilities to people to improve all areas of their lives including access to information, knowledge management, networking, social services, industrial production, and mode of work. However, those who lack access to digital technologies and the knowledge, skills and competencies required to navigate them, can end up marginalised in increasingly digitally-driven societies. Literacy is one such essential skill.”
The overall aim of the day, UNESCO says, is “to look at what kind of literacy skills people need to navigate increasingly digitally mediated societies, and to explore effective literacy policies and programmes that can leverage the opportunities that the digital world provides”.
According to UNESCO, at least 750 million adults and 264 million out-of-school children worldwide still lack basic literacy skills.