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.