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ONFE celebrates International Literacy Day

September 8, 2016 / General

We are excited to join organizations around the world to celebrate the 50th anniversary of International Literacy Day.

International Literacy Day 2016 celebrates and honours the past five decades of national and international engagement, efforts and progress made to increase literacy rates around the world. It also addresses current challenges and looks to innovative solutions to further boost literacy in the future.

“The world has changed since 1966 – but our determination to provide every woman and man with the skills, capacities and opportunities to become everything they wish, in dignity and respect, remains as firm as ever. Literacy is a foundation to build a more sustainable future for all.” - UNESCO Director-General

ONFE has been working on local literacy issues for more than 20 years through our Ottawa Volunteers in Education and OttawaReads programs. Students who work one-on-one with a volunteer exhibit improvement in language comprehension and vocabulary, greater interest in curriculum subjects, improved social skills and confidence to interact with other children and adults, higher self-esteem, and improved critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

Click below to support our literacy initiatives and help Ottawa students have the best possible learning experience!