International Literacy Day, September 8
By Lara Pickford-Gordon
International Literacy Day is on September 8 with a focus on literacy and multilingualism. The United Nations Educational, Science Cultural Organization (UNESCO) said: “Despite progress made, literacy challenges persist, distributed unevenly across countries and populations. Embracing linguistic diversity in education and literacy development is central to addressing these literacy challenges and to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.”
Trinidad and Tobago participated in a literacy study Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS), an international comparative assessment that measures student learning in reading. The study, done every five years, in 2016 found four per cent of Grade Four (Standard Three) students in Trinidad and Tobago were reaching the Advanced benchmark in reading achievement. There were 49 countries in the study. T&T showed improvement with 479 in 2016 up from 471 in 2011 and 436 in 2006.