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The world celebrates ILD

The Department of Sport, Arts and Culture (DSAC) has launched a Covid-19 Children’s Story Book in celebration of International Literacy Day (ILD) in collaboration with the National Library of South Africa(NLSA) and the Pan South African Language Board(PanSALB).

This year’s ILD theme is, “Literacy teaching and learning in the COVID-19 crisis and beyond”, especially on the role of educators and changing pedagogies. The theme highlights literacy learning from a lifelong learning perspective.

The Covid-19 Children’s Story Book was launched at the National Library of South Africa in Pretoria. It was authored by, Ntandoyenkosi Kunene (Miss South Africa 2016) and Thokozane Dyosini (Ph.D. candidate at WITS),  teachers by qualification who are passionate about education.

Their concerns about how children in South Africa are experiencing the effects of COVID-19 inspired them to write this storybook which was also translated into all South Africa’s official languages.

The first ILD was celebrated on 8 September 1967.

According to the UN, the global celebrations of International Literacy Day on 8 September 2020 will be composed of two virtual meetings:

  • Meeting on ‘Literacy teaching and learning in the COVID-19 crisis and beyond: the role of educators and changing pedagogies’ (13:30-15:30 in Paris time)
  • Meeting on the Laureates of the UNESCO International Literacy Prizes 2020 (16:00-17:00 in Paris time).

Both meetings will be accessible by registering through Zoom.

The Pan African Writers Association (P.A.W.A) will also hold a virtual literary discourse with the theme, Creative Arts in Pursuit of Literacy. The meeting will be hosted by P.A.W.A Secretay General Dr. Wale Okediran an will start at 3pm GMT.

Article by Constance van Niekerk

About Constance van Niekerk

Constance van Niekerk, (Connie V) is a creative writer, poet, music lover, spoken word artist, freelance writer, blogger and educator. She has contributed to several anthologies and published her own collection, Echoes of My Heart: A Poetry Collection available for purchase on all Amazon Stores Worldwide. Follow her on Twitter : @convanniekerk Connect with her on Facebook and Linkedin.


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