You will agree that reading a book in this day and age is gradually taking a back seat especially as technology continues to advance.
This is why having a day like World Read Aloud Day to remind us is very vital. The 16th of February is that day set aside to motivate children, teens, and adults worldwide to celebrate the power of words and reading.
World Read Aloud Day is celebrated by millions of people in more than 100 countries and is a day dedicated to reading aloud. It started in 2010 and was established by Litworld, an organisation founded to advocate Global literacy.
This global literacy movement is about taking action to show the world that the right to read and write belongs to everyone. The day is meant to be celebrated by grabbing a book, finding an audience, and reading out loud.
Research shows that over 800 million people worldwide cannot read a book or even sign their name and literacy is a human rights issue.
According to Pam Allyn, the founder of Litworld, by learning to read, we all have access to information, the power of shared stories of the human experience, and a way to connect with one another.
Through books and stories we can introduce children, and even ourselves, to people outside of our immediate community and also get to improve our knowledge of so many things.
So, I encourage you to read aloud to anyone who might like it, share a book with a child who might need it, share a story with someone who would treasure it, listen to someone else as they read to you and enjoy the gift of reading in every way possible.
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