Literacy Day more relevant than ever

HPF is encouraging Kiwis to mark World Literacy Day today, which is more relevant than ever, as it focuses on the role of educators and changing teaching practices in the Covid-19 crisis and beyond. The theme for today, which also aims to boost the total literacy rate around the world because it is essential to a person’s social and personal development and wellbeing, highlights literacy learning in a lifelong-learning perspective. According to UNESCO which designated the day in 1967 the Covid-19 crisis has been a stark reminder of the existing gap between policy discourse and reality. This gap states UNESCO “already existed in the pre-Covid-19 era and is negatively affecting the learning of youth and adults who have no or low literacy skills and therefore tend to face multiple disadvantages”. HPF’s Executive Director Sione Tu’itahi says the Ottawa Charter recognises that education is a fundamental condition and resource for good health. “Importantly also, acquiring knowledge and developing personal skills is crucial in promoting peoples’ and community’s wellbeing,” he says. For more on the day click here.