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Thursday, 04 September 2014 06:56

Great Plains College to celebrate International Literacy Day

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Great Plains College in partnership with Southwest Literacy Committee is proud to participate in the International Literacy Day campaign on Sept. 8.

Throughout the week of Sept. 8-13, some displays and events are being planned by the College, Southwest Literacy Committee and other related agencies to promote literacy and celebrate lifelong learning in Southwest Saskatchewan. 
This 2014 theme is Literacy For All. According UNESCO, “This year’s International Literacy Day is dedicated to literacies for the 21st century to highlight the need to realize basic literacy skills for all as well as equip everyone with more advanced literacy skills as part of lifelong learning.” This is because we live in a rapidly-changing, knowledge based society where social and political participation take place both physically and virtually.
“International Literacy Day is a reminder that literacy is a human right. It is a tool for personal empowerment. It is a means for social and human development,” said Bula Ghosh, Great Plains College English Language Training coordinator. “Educational opportunities are dependent upon learning.”
According to UNESCO, literacy is a fundamental human right. Because of its multiplier-effect, literacy helps eradicate poverty, reduce child mortality, curb population growth, achieve gender equity and ensure sustainable development, peace and democracy. Furthermore, literate parents are more likely to send their children to school and literate people are better able to access continuing educational opportunities.
Great Plains College and its literacy partners are dedicated to the learning needs of the communities they serve. The college is committed to the advancement of education and the enhancement of quality of life through education.
“Through literacy, the quality of life can improve for families, individuals and communities. We encourage individuals and community agencies to participate in the celebration of International Literacy Day in their own special way,” said Ghosh. 
There will be displays highlighting International Literacy Day from Sept.8-13 at Swift Current Library and Great Plains College. Door prizes will be drawn at the end of the week.

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