National Family Literacy Day:
Celebrated on November 1st every year.
|2019||November 1st||Friday||United States|
|2020||November 1st||Sunday||United States|
|2021||November 1st||Monday||United States|
Why National Family Literacy Day?
National Family Literacy Day was first celebrated to showcase the family literacy programs, build awareness and ensure the learning process to pass over generations. National Family Literacy Day is celebrated to realize the benefits of reading and writing. It provides an opportunity for families to gather for reading. In the present day technological advancements, people tend to avoid reading and writing and spend more time with their laptops and mobiles. Also, we spend more time on social media rather than with family and books. The current generation hardly knows the joy of reading and the way our creative and imaginative skills widen through reading. Celebrating National Family Literacy Day will bring families together and help realize the joy of reading and gain real knowledge to be successful in life.
Reading habit not only benefits children but also adults. Reading increases knowledge, improves vocabulary and imagination skills and keeps the children well informed. In adults, reading builds confidence, keeps them aware of world happenings and updated.
How can we celebrate National Family Literacy Day?
Reading and writing are the two important aspects of literacy. Although November 1st is National Family Literacy Day, we need to celebrate it all month long.Use this hashtag #NationalFamilyLiteracyDay to share your thoughts.
- Within a family, parents can write down interesting life experiences and make their kids read it aloud and make write their own stories and parents read it aloud. This will bring families together and also realize the joy of reading and writing.
- Similarly it can be celebrated as a large family of grandparents, their children, and grandchildren. Few fun games with vocabulary, puzzles and even treasure hunt games with clues will make the event more exciting and joyous and fulfill the need to celebrate National Family Literacy Day.
- The next step would be to celebrate the day as a community
- Share the benefits of reading and writing on social media and the need to celebrate this day with the above-mentioned hashtags.
- Celebrating National Family Literacy Day will bring back children and adults to the world of book reading, which will improve the skill of reading and comprehending what was read.
- Visiting libraries with kids and creating awareness is one of the best ways to celebrate this day.
Interesting facts on National Family Literacy Day:
- United States faces a literary crisis.
- According to the U.S. Department of Education and National Institute of Literacy, more than 30million adults cannot read, write or do basic math above a third-grade level.
- Nearly 85% of teenagers facing trials in the court are illiterate proving that there is a close relationship between illiteracy and crime.
- More than 60% of inmates of prison are functionally illiterate.
- Rate of low literacy rate in the U.S. directly costs the health care industry over $70million every year.
- All the above made us celebrate this day in a useful manner and spread the importance of basic reading and writing skills.
History of National Family Literacy Day:
According to statistics, nearly 20 to 27 million adults of the American workforce in 1994 lacked basic writing, reading and math skills necessary to perform any complex job. So, the ruling Congress designated in 1994 that November 1st to be celebrated as National Family Literacy Day every year.