Joshua Ballim, librarian at SCIS Hongqiao ECE campus, reads the book to the students on International Literacy Day with the theme of "Cozy up with a good book."
On September 8, the Shanghai Community International School Hongqiao ECE campus celebrated International Literacy Day with the theme, "Cozy up with a good book." That day, students attended school wearing pajamas to stay cozy, and even the teachers dressed according to the theme!
They also got to spend the day doing activities related to books and reading. Some classrooms had children bring their favorite books to school to share with their friends and teachers, while others invited parents to read to the class.
Ms Aurora's Pre-K class invited their first-grade buddy class to visit and read books together. The preschool classes even had a pajama party in the ballroom and watched the video of a favorite book, "Harold and the Purple Crayon." Everyone was excited to show off their pajamas and books.
"The day celebrates the importance of literacy in schools and communities. During this day, students played fun games on the big screen that were based on books and we talked about why it is important to be literate and just how debilitating it can be for those who can't," said Joshua Balli, ECE librarian at SCIS Hongqiao ECE campus.
"Also, it was pajama day which was fun for both students and teachers."
International Literacy Day was proclaimed by UNESCO to mobilize the international community in promoting and increasing literacy.
Every year, events are held around the world to showcase progress that has been made in the field of literacy, and to address current challenges that are faced in increasing literacy. Initially, the concept of literacy was confined to reading, writing and counting skills.
Through the advancement of literacy and International Literacy Day, it has been expanded to include other skills such as creation, communication, interpretation and understanding. These skills can be recognized daily in the halls of ECE. Literacy is an important tool to empower all individuals, which begins by parents and teachers instilling a passion for books at an early age. One way to do this is by having events, such as this, at school that are both fun and educational.