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Children’s Rights to Read, join the ILA Campaign

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When it comes to ensuring the right for all to read, we face a challenging journey:

According to the latest data from UNESCO, there remain 750 million people around the world who cannot read and write. Two thirds of them are female. And while we’ve made solid strides in increasing basic literacy for youth—91% in 2016 vs. 78% 50 years prior—there is still much work to be done.

(ILA 2018, The Case for Children’s Rights to Read.)

The International Literacy Association invites librarians and other friends to support their newly-launched Children’s Rights to Read campaign.

The list of 10 equally important rights, positions concerned adults to work for change. According to ILA Board President, Bernadette Dwyer,

As literacy educators, we are responsible for delivering on the promise inherent in these rights. Whether we are working in the classroom or preparing the next generation of teachers, we have a responsibility for every student entrusted to our care. We must enact these rights in classrooms and schools and work with others to ensure the same in homes, communities, governments, and societies. We hope you will join us in these efforts. It is only by working together that we will reach our goal of literacy for all

This is a movement each of us can get behind.

Begin by learning the story behind the 10 Rights–how and why they were selected.

You’ll want to download and share the powerful, beautiful, richly-referenced and librarian-conscious document, The Case for Children’s Rights to Read, with your teachers and parent groups.

Pre-order the poster, illustrated by award-winning Irish artist P.J. Lynch.

Also, consider signing the Pledge in support of the Rights and sharing your commitment by spreading the word using the #RightsToRead hashtag on your social media networks. The Rights are currently being translated into multiple languages.

I chatted with Lara Deloza, Senior Communications manager at ILA, who also served on Taskforce responsible for the execution of the Rights document.  She shared that the position paper about providing excellent literacy instruction was the how.

Now we declared them. Access is a problem for all children. We are conscious of our beliefs in the rights of children everywhere. It is now time to focus on the what. What can we provide that will be useful? What are we asking now is what people to do in service of these rights.  

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Joyce Valenza About Joyce Valenza

Joyce is an Assistant Professor of Teaching at Rutgers University School of Information and Communication, a technology writer, speaker, blogger and learner. Follow her on Twitter: @joycevalenza

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