The 8th of September was proclaimed International Literacy Day by UNESCO in 1966 to remind the international community of the importance of literacy for individuals, communities, and societies, and the need for intensified efforts towards more literate societies.
International Literacy Day 2020 focused on “Literacy teaching and learning in the COVID-19 crisis and beyond,” especially on educators’ role and changing pedagogies. The theme highlights literacy learning from a lifelong learning perspective, focusing mainly on youth and adults. The Reading Action Program is a 10-year commitment to increasing reading and literacy rates. It’s a call to action for every Lions and Leo club worldwide to organize service projects and activities that underscore the importance of reading and address specific needs related to illiteracy within their community. Many clubs have already taken great strides to bridge the gaps in literacy and education, and today, the Leo Club of Ruimveldt joined the call to action. More than 100 books of various types, puzzles along with a quantity of clothing and footwear, were handed over to the Child Care and Protection Agency on Friday, September 25. Handing over the items on behalf of the Leo Club was the President, Shamar Khan, and Project Coordinator, Kristie Duff. Leo Khan stated that the club was pleased to hand over the items to the State agency, given that now more than ever, the services of Leo Clubs and other service organisations are needed to help the vulnerable and less fortunate through this particularly trying period. Leo clubs are a youth organization of Lions Clubs International and encourage youths to develop leadership qualities by participating in social service activities. The Leo Club Program is the largest youth club of voluntary character globally, present in 140 countries with over 160,000 members. The Leo Club of Ruimveldt can be contacted on its Facebook page or via email address [email protected].