Tomorrow is World Read Aloud Day. This is a day to celebrate the sharing of stories, making connections and reading aloud.
It is celebrated by millions of people in more than 100 countries
It is to call attention to:
- The right to literacy for everyone
- 793 million adults – two thirds of them women – lack basic reading and writing skills (UNESCO, 2014)
- A child born to a mother who can read is 50% more likely to survive past the age of five than a child born to an illiterate woman. (UNESCO)
- Reading aloud to children every day puts them almost a year ahead of children who do not receive daily read alouds regardless of parental income, education level or cultural background. (Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research)
- Poorly-literate individuals are less likely to participate in democratic processes and have fewer chances to fully exercise their civil rights (UNESCO)
St Matthew’s will celebrate 2016 World Read Aloud Day with the following activities.
- At Wednesday morning assembly World Read Aloud Day will be launched with contributions from some of this year’s Library Monitors who will read aloud from a chosen book.
- Teachers are invited to read aloud to a class on that day – a favourite story, poem, prayer, interesting newspaper article.
- Big sisters are encouraged to come into the library and read to their Little sister and record this on the Read Aloud wall
- Students and staff to read aloud to someone and record the activity with a photograph to be mounted on the wall in the library. Prize allocated for the most quirky audience/best/standout photo that Donald Yee has kindly agreed to judge for us.
- Librarian will read aloud to students who come into the library on that day.
- Library Monitors will be invited to read to each other or students in the library on the day and record it on the wall.