Uganda will tomorrow (Thursday) join the rest of the world to mark International Literacy Day.
Since 1967, International Literacy Day (ILD) celebrations have taken place annually around the world to remind the public of the importance of literacy as a matter of dignity and human rights, and to advance the literacy agenda towards a more literate and sustainable society.
Despite progress made, literacy challenges persist with at least 771 million young people and adults lacking basic literacy skills today.
In Rukungiri, PeerLink Initiative Uganda (PELI-U) through Nyarushanje Community Library and Empowerment Center have organized reading promotion activities to mark the day
The activities to be held in Nyarushanje will bring together pupils from 7 Government Primary Schools and 2 Private Primary Schools of Nyarushanje Subcounty, 27 Headteachers, teachers, parents , caretakers and 12 Community Based Volunteer Library Coordinators.
The participants will be able to enjoy a range of activities that put emphasis on the importance of reading,
A statement from Peerlink initiative Uganda says the day presents an opportunity to remind stakeholders that illiteracy still presents a huge challenge to our society and is something that we must strive to reduce.
By hosting a day of celebration of books and reading, Nyarushanje Community Library and Empowerment Center aims to encourage the love of reading books by children, regular reading among young people to open their minds to the world around them and help them progress successfully through their education, becoming healthy, happy citizens who are able to achieve their goals and contribute to their communities.