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Join the #LiteracyChallenge!

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Join us in celebrating International Literacy Day on September 8! Taikoja, the coordination project for Finnish ESF-funded basic skills projects, challenges you, your learners, friends and colleagues to take part in its second Literacy Challenge on social media.

How is literacy present in your everyday life? Take a photo to show in which kinds of situations literacy was of use to you. Share the photo on social media. Use the hashtags #LiteracyChallenge and #LiteracyDay (in Finnish we also use the hashtags #lukutaitohaaste and #lukutaitopäivä). Don’t forget to challenge your friends as well! We hope you’ll share your photos close to International Literacy Day on September 8. N.B. If you take photos of other people who can be recognised, please ask for their permission. Feel free to share as many literacy selfies as you can!

Even adults need to improve their reading skills

Literacy is a human right. It is a basic skill that is, however, not mastered by all adults. Fortunately, you can improve your literacy skills throughout your life. Reading skills can be improved through education, tools and access.

The Taikoja project wants to highlight the importance of literacy at the beginning of September. The first week of September ends with the UN International Literacy Day on September 8. Literacy Day is a reminder of the importance of literacy and the inequality caused by illiteracy. This is a vital issue also around Europe, as literacy cannot be taken for granted.

Read More about International Literacy Day here:

Read more about the Taikoja project (in Finnish) here:

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  • Kasutaja Anna Kirmane pilt
     I totally agree that nowadays literacy is every person right, however, it leads to the nation and people degradation. People read less. And this small but massive thing impact all other aspects - possibility to express your opinion, to speak smoothly fluently and "beautifully" keep the conversation going, by sharing knowledge and etc. 
    That's quite innovative, unique and I would say the creative way of "voluntary forcing / involving", I guess, especially the young generation in book and reading world. It might work as it's very trendy to share your daily routine preferences and other fun stuff in the network and social media. However, my suggestion would be, apart from just posting the nicely composed photo of a literacy day, to add a quote from this book/magazine, that motivated you to post exactly it. It could be just nice, or educational, quote, added to the post. Then, it means who will have to open it at least run through for searching for the best and the most suitable phrase from the book. And I think people would search for something specific and extraordinary, as it will be shared with others - so the phrase the person will choose will reflect his/her interests as well as the mental side. So, together with the phrase, the person will share a "part of him/herself. In consequence of this, there is a greater likelihood that meanwhile, looking through the book in order to find the quote and make your post "best of the best", it will become attractive and intriguing, so there will be a willingness to go a bit deeper into the context. 
    At least it looks like a try and a bit more effort done to involve people in reading world artificially if naturally it's becoming even harder with every moment to do.

    Anna Kirmane | Latvijas Universitāte