International Literacy Day: Sept. 8, 2015
The theme of International Literacy Day 2015 is Literacy and Sustainable Societies. Literacy is a key driver for sustainable development. Literacy skills are the prerequisite for the learning of a broader set of knowledge, skills, attitudes and values, required for creating sustainable societies. At the same time, progress in areas of sustainable development, such as health and agriculture, serves as an enabling factor in the promotion of literacy and literate environments. From: UNESCO
The 11th annual Literacy Camp was held this summer at Camp Friendship. Literacy Camp is a session for children that are struggling with reading, writing or word comprehension. Campers spend time working with educational specialists learning strategies to improve areas of struggle unique to each individual. The camp is collaboration between the Minnesota Department of Education and the Center for Literacy and Disabilities Studies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and True Friends.
Qualified literacy experts use many different technologies and strategies to improve campers’ literacy. The educators test reading comprehension using a wide range of materials, from formal books to fun magazines. One piece of technology used at camp helps campers learn how to type out sentences. The software uses a word prediction tool to help campers select the next word in the sentence and spell it correctly.
Camp is an important part to having campers become literacy proficient. According to Jonathon, going to camp has helped him read better. “Going to camp lets you learn about reading and writing. You get to have fun too!” exclaimed Jonathon.
While literacy is a large part of the group’s time, campers also experience traditional camp activities. “My favorite part was playing basketball with my new friends,” said Jonathon. Campers also have the options to do other activities such as swimming, boat rides and hay rides. Literacy camp is a chance for summer education surrounded by fun and friends at camp.