WORLD LITERACY DAY

THEME: TRANSFORMING LITERACY LEARNING SPACES

According to information from the Ministry of Education, about 76 million adults—or 38% of the total 200 million people—were illiterate as of September 2021. However, Goodluck Opiah, Minister of State for Education, said that the number has decreased despite the COVID-19 pandemic’s effects during the cabinet briefing to commemorate International Literacy Day in 2022.

According to him, the country’s current illiteracy rate is 31%, which represents a considerable drop from prior years and is 7% lower than 2015 figures, which put the figure at 38%. He also stated that the 2022 International Literacy Day’s subject, “Transforming literacy learning environments; exploring opportunities and possibilities,” presents a chance to reconsider the fundamental significance of literacy in building strength and guaranteeing quality, impartial, and comprehensive schooling for all.

Celebrating Literacy Day

Literacy is a driving force for sustainable development. According to Alberta Education, literacy is the capacity, assurance, and willingness to use language to understand, create, and express meaning in all facets of daily life. The concept of language as a socially and culturally produced form of communication is explained. There is a connection between literacy and development, but our current literacy level is insufficient to support the desired degree of growth.

The subject for International Literacy Day 2022, according to UNESCO

United Nations Educational Scientific, and Cultural Organization as “Transforming Literacy Learning Spaces”, mentioned that the theme aims to present chances to reconsider the fundamental significance of literate learning environments in order to foster resilience and guarantee high-quality, equitable, and inclusive education for all.

Looking at Learning Spaces also known as a Knowledge Space, is a dedicated venue (real or virtual) purposely constructed by the instructor where learners are welcomed to congregate and engage in knowledge development. The instructor proposes and encourages learners to develop their own unique learning environment for optimal learning through its design and affordances.

By altering literate learning environments, fair learning is ensured for all people, regardless of their backgrounds, gender, language diversity, disabilities, or geographic location. Literacy and numeracy rates will rise, learning outcomes will improve, and everyone will be prepared to take advantage of equal possibilities.

Adoption of our immediate surroundings as a platform for teaching and learning might demonstrate awareness and acceptance of unusual literacy learning venues. These environments can help students become literate in both indigenous languages and English. Literacy acquisition opportunities abound, and treating them as such is critical.

LBF as a Learning Space

Learn by Building Foundation aims to contribute its quota to reducing illiteracy in the surrounding local communities, as it stifles development and progress.

The foundation’s mission is to drive STEM solutions and innovation by connecting, inspiring, and engaging young people in our communities to use STEM to generate the change we need as a nation.

We are committed to engaging young people and communities, inspiring them on how they can transform their society, and then providing them with programs and events that equip them with STEAM technical and soft skills they can use to create change for their own lives, families, and communities. As a result of these Youths, adults and younger generations are exposed to innovative projects, exploring renewable energy to recreating technologies.

These strategies aim to increase literacy globally, with a focus on kids and adults, promote female education, and lessen instances of gender inequality, utilizing educational technology to foster a proactive and engaged learning environment.

It is important to realize that literacy is more than just a tool for education; it also serves as a potent weapon against poverty and a powerful engine for social and human advancement.

INTERNATIONAL YOUTH DAY 2022

THEME: INTERGENERATIONAL SOLIDARITY (Creating a World For All Ages)

Every Youth is indeed valid as they prove to be the major initiator and implementor of changes bringing about the development of a Society and Country at large.

No wonder, Kailash Satyarthi, in his words had said, “The power of youth is the common wealth for the entire world. The faces of young people are the faces of our past, our present, and our future. No segment in the society can match with the power, idealism, enthusiasm, and courage of the young people.”

Each year a theme is chosen to draw attention to a particular issue for youth such as the high unemployment rate, poor working conditions, and marginalization from decision-making process.

The theme for International Youth Day 2022 is “Intergenerational Solidarity: Creating a World for All ages”, and solidarity across generations is key for sustainable development.

The purpose of this day is to raise awareness of the potential of young people for bringing peace and change to the world. Worthy of noting, is a need for this day because alot of youth in the world are struggling with issues ranging from unemployment challenges to the poor education sector, which needs to be addressed.

The reason of which, even as we celebrate the International Youth Day, we should also look into the importance of investing greatly into the minds of our Youth using STEM.

Youths and STEM

STEM is critical in the world as we know it today because the global economy is dependent on it, it’s more than coding and lab coats. It’s the center of manufacturing, food production, health care, and a lot of what we take for granted, but can’t live without. People wonder if it’s so important, why do we need to go on about it? Why do you need to write about it all of the time?

STEM education goes beyond school subjects. It gives a skill set that governs the way we think and behave. Merging science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, STEM education helps youth to solve the challenges the world faces today. In a world that is becoming increasingly complex, where success is driven not only by what you know, but also by what you can do with the knowledge, it is imperative for youths to be equipped with skills to solve tough problems, gather and evaluate evidence, and make sense of information.

The STEM approach to education fosters creativity and divergent thinking alongside fundamental disciplines. It motivates and inspires young people to generate new technologies and ideas. In terms of social awareness, there is a high demand for STEM skills in society.

STEM education creates critical thinkers, increases science literacy, and enables the next generation of innovators. Innovation leads to new products and processes that sustain our economy. This innovation and science literacy depends on a solid knowledge base in the STEM areas.

Stem education causes youth to persevere and strive towards excellence, think more creatively and encourages critical thinking amidst youths. Through STEM education youths are encouraged to experiment and learn to worth with technology. Alongside this STEM career creates great opportunities arming youths with Innovative skills

 Diogenes had said, “The foundation of every state is the education of its youth.”

To the youths, “Sometimes it falls on a generation to be great. You can be that great generation. Let your greatness blossom.” – Nelson Mandela.