by Mrs. Chit Olivares
Literacy is defined as the quality or state of being literate. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) defines literacy as the “ability to identify, understand, interpret, create, communicate, compute and use printed and written materials associated with varying contexts. Literacy involves a continuum of learning in enabling individuals to achieve their goals, to develop their knowledge and potential, and to participate fully in their community and wider society.”
Literacy is a worldwide concern that the UNESCO proclaimed September 8 as International Literacy Day since 1965.
On the other hand, October is a month dedicated to Teen Read Week.It is an annual literacy initiative of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), which encourages teens to take time to “read for the fun of it.”
The 2010 Teen Read Week will be celebrated on October 17 -23 with the theme, “Books with Beat @ your library”. This event focuses on reading not only books but journals as well.
Among the many print and online journals promoting reading and literacy are the following:
International Reading Association. Retrieved Sept 23, 2010 from http://www.reading.org/General/Conferences/InternationalLiteracyDay.aspx
The Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy. Retrieved October 5, 2010. from http://www.reading.org/General/Publications/Journals/JAAL.aspx
Literacy. Retrieved October 7, 2010 from
Merriam- Webster’s Online Dictionary
The Reading Teacher. Retrieved October 5, 2010 from http://www.reading.org/General/Publications/Journals/RT.aspx
School Library Journal. Retrieved Oct. 5, 2010 from