International Literacy Day Message

Every September, the world celebrates International Literacy Day. It’s a time to share beloved stories, recommit to personal and communal literacy goals, and embrace the boundless learning opportunities that reading offers. This year’s event falls on Sunday, 8 Sept. and is themed ‘Literacy and Multilingualism’.

The Caribbean is comprised of a ka- leidoscope of cultures, peoples and lan- guages. Like the wider region, the Cayman Islands is a multicultural community that is home to people from every corner of the world. On these small islands of only 100 square miles, you’ll find residents from Cayman, Jamaica, Cuba, South Africa, the Philippines, Canada and beyond. With these cultures, come languages. Not just official languages like Spanish, French and Tagalog, but a wide range of dialects too.

At LIFE (Literacy Is For Everyone), we’re committed to improving overall lit- eracy in the Cayman Islands; part of that

means ensuring that school-aged children of all backgrounds have the opportunity to become literate in the Cayman Islands, regardless of culture or language. As Cay- man’s only literacy charity, we are com- mitted to maintaining our programmes in all government schools, from supporting intervention programmes for children who are below the literacy level, to providing parents and caregivers with learning tools, and facilitating paired-reading with community volunteers. All of these actions work to ensure that in celebrating Inter- national Literacy Day, we do so while con- tinuing to take action.

So, no matter what language or dia- lect you speak, pick up your favourite book this September and join LIFE as we cele- brate literacy all month long!

Marilyn Conolly, Executive Director, LIFE (Literacy Is For Everyone)

1 COMMENT

  1. Both of my children could read before they went to school. How we did it?

    In the first place, I read. A great deal. I read my very own books, I read to my youngsters and we go to the library and take the same number of books as we can convey each time. We tune in to books on tape in the vehicle too. Read things to them that are over their reading level.

    Next, we had loads of instructive toys that energize reading, had letter tiles and attractive letters and I additionally posted cards with words on them everywhere throughout the house, naming everything (Stove, Frame, Bookcase, Chair, and so on.).

    Likewise, I utilized a book I discovered on this site. We just got to about exercise 25 or 26 and both of my young men were reading by at that point. We didn’t do an entire exercise each day… as it got more diligently and my child was battling, I just did a half or 33% of an exercise a day.

    One of my children is presently 12 and is just currently getting books, up to this point he was glad to be read to and read comic books like the Far Side, Garfield, Baby Blues, . It required some investment. My other child is 14 regardless I read to them two during the evening. About an hour each time, now and again more, if the cliffhanger is too energizing to even think about putting off until tomorrow.

    Likewise, when they do figure out how to read, even a bit, let them read ANYTHING. On the off chance that they like comic books, get them comic books. Try not to stress that they aren’t reading significant writing, the significant thing is to make them read… whatever it is, even magazines, on the ipad, and so forth. Inevitably, they will get different sorts of books.

    Keep in mind: reading is the way to progress!

    Good karma to you guys!

    Nabil