In partnership with the World Literacy Council, the World Literacy Awards Ceremony usually recognizes an individual, a country, and an organization for their significant contribution to literacy.
Jordan was chosen this year because it has implemented several initiatives to eradicate illiteracy and provide educational resources for all citizens. In particular, the Jordanian Ministry of Education has set out legislation to guarantee the provision of education for all. For years, the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan has strived for educational success, now reaching nearly universal primary enrollment, gender parity in Jordanian schools, and a 95 percent adult literacy rate.
Rana Dajani founder of We Love Reading was a speaker at the World literacy summit 2020 on the panel of Leading Literacy Leaders in Organizations Focus – “What challenges do Literacy Leaders currently face, and what does the future hold for literacy organizations?”.
Dajani talked about the importance of motivating children to fall in love with reading so that they become life long readers and therefore lifelong learners. Today with all education going online and schools closure it is even more important to foster love of reading among children.
Dajani spoke of how we must be wise in how we use technology to enable our children to learn. Pointing out that there is nothing more important and effective than a parent sitting with their child and reading a story from a book. This shared experience creates memories that associate feelings of security, happiness and care with reading that stays with a child as they grow older.
She also emphasized the importance of reading in one’s native tongue to boost identity and pride, in addition to creativity.
In 2018, We Love Reading won the world literacy summit award for an organization that has contributed significantly to literacy. We Love Reading is a non profit organization in Jordan that fosters the love of reading among children. Its mission is changing mindsets through reading to create changemakers. WLR has spread to 55 countries training over 7500 women, men and youth, read to more than 500,000 children and given out more than 250,000 books.
Today because of the corona virus We love Reading has provided its online training open to all over the world. As well as a you tube channel for We Love Reading ambassadors to post reading aloud sessions in different languages for parents to learn from and to show their children.
The World Literacy Summit is an Initiative of the World Literacy Foundation, a global non-profit organisation that works to ensure every young individual regardless of geographic location has the opportunity to acquire literacy and reading skills to reach their full potential, succeed at school and beyond