International Literacy Day
International Literacy Day, traditionally observed annually on September 8, focuses attention on worldwide literacy needs. More than 780 million of the world’s adults (nearly two-thirds of whom are women) do not know how to read or write, and between 94 and 115 million children lack access to education.
IRA’s 2012 celebration of International Literacy Day will be in the beautiful historic room 119 in the Jefferson Building at the Library of Congress on the morning of Friday, September 7, 2012.
(September 8, the official International Literacy Day, falls on a Saturday so IRA in Washington, DC will be celebrating this year on Friday, September 7, 2012.) Please join us if you happen to be in Washington, DC.
International Reading Association’s International Literacy Day
September 7, 2012
Friday 10:00 to Noon
High Need Kids Progress: Common Core Standards and Teacher Effectiveness
- Distinguished panel on preparing teachers for Common Core excellence.
- IRA President Carrice Cummins
- Distinguished guest: Benjamin Franklin
- Presentation of Rotary International/Pearson Foundation/IRA $2500 awards to two literacy projects of excellence
Hosted by the Center for the Book at the
Library of Congress
Thomas Jefferson Building
Room 119, 10 First Street, SE
Corner of First Street and Independence Avenue, SE
In past years IRA councils and individual members have found a variety of ways to observe International Literacy Day, from organizing themed readings in local schools and libraries to supporting national and international literacy programs. All year round, councils are invited to contact their local Rotary clubs to explore ways they can work together in support of literacy. See the Rotary-IRA Special Interest Group page for ideas on literacy projects.
IRA/Rotary/Pearson Foundation $2500 Literacy Award
ILD Kit: Fact Sheets, Celebration Ideas