World Reading Day, celebrated globally on April 23rd, is a momentous occasion that underscores the significance of books and encourages a culture of reading. Usanii Village Africa, a youth-led Community Based Organization dedicated to creating a peaceful world for children and youth through the power of art, actively participated in honoring the 2023 World Reading Day. The organization recognizes the transformative power of literature in fostering creativity, diversity, and equal access to knowledge.
The primary objective of our participation was to acknowledge the profound contribution of books in communities, advocating for creativity, diversity, and equal access to knowledge. Usanii Village Africa aimed to celebrate the essence of reading as a catalyst for positive change in society.
In commemoration of World Reading Day, Usanii Village Africa organized a virtual dialogue session featuring esteemed American author and journalist, Patty Huston-Holm. Hailing from Ocracoke Island, North Carolina, USA, Patty shared her insights during a 15-minute presentation followed by an engaging 30-minute Q&A session.
Patty, with a background in journalism and an extensive academic history, discussed her experiences and the importance of reading. Her notable works, including "Shattered: True Story of an American Teenager," "Kid in the House," and "Inviting a Giraffe to Tea," have garnered attention for their impactful narratives.
The session provided valuable insights that resonated deeply with Usanii Village Africa and its mission. Key lessons learned include:
Importance of Reading Materials: Patty's presentation emphasized the critical role of reading materials in achieving literacy and fostering a lifelong love for reading. Access to such materials is not only a developmental indicator but also ensures inclusive and quality education for all.
Community Libraries as Hubs: The organization was motivated to continue leveraging community libraries as vibrant spaces for rural communities. These spaces facilitate discussions, learning, and the exchange of ideas, fostering a sense of unity and shared knowledge.
Reading Materials as Lifelines: Reading materials were recognized as vital lifelines, providing safe and accessible spaces for learning, sharing, and discussing. Particularly for communities facing socio-economic challenges such as poverty, limited access to education, gender inequality, youth issues, and underdevelopment.
The virtual dialogue session with Patty Huston-Holm served as an eye-opener, emphasizing the pivotal role of reading materials in attaining literacy and promoting life-long learning. Usanii Village Africa is inspired to continue its efforts in fostering a culture of reading within communities. Thank you for your support, and we wish everyone success in their literacy endeavors.