Promoting literacy among the nations populace.
That was the aim of a nation-wide caravan hosted by the Ministry of Education last week, which was geared at sensitising Grenadians on the importance of literacy.
Several persons flocked the area in front of the Esplanade Mall in the Town of St. George last week Wednesday, where the caravan ended and they were afforded the opportunity to collect a free book, an activity that was held in collaboration with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), to commemorate International Literacy Day, which is recognised each year on September 8.
This year the celebration was held under the theme: “Literacy in a digital world.”
According to Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Aaron Francois, two groups travelled across the east and west coasts distributing books and spreading the word about the role literacy plays, “particularly in an increasingly digital world.”
PS Francois said the event was made possible through book donations received from various organisations from time to time.
Pointing to this year’s theme, he said that while literacy is important for use on digital gadgets, “more importantly literacy is about equipping oneself with the necessary skills to allow them to function effectively in all aspects of life”.
“So, we want to encourage all of us not just the schools, but particularly the parents to really help their children to build their literacy skills,” he declared.
PS Francios cited a need for Grenadians to read more out of a belief that “we don’t read enough.”
“Reading is really empowerment, enlightenment; it helps us to understand what is happening so that we can make the right choices, it empowers us with knowledge so that we can make good decisions and I would just want to join in encouraging everybody to read,” he added.
September 8 was proclaimed International Literacy Day by UNESCO on November 17, 1965.
Its aim is to highlight the importance of literacy to individuals, communities and societies.