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Turning the Page: ASI ignites minds on International Literacy Day

The event marked the celebration of knowledge paired with a call to action



International Literacy Day, observed annually on September 8, stands as a global beacon illuminating the transformative power of literacy. This commemoration transcends mere festivity; it serves as a poignant reminder that amidst the rapid currents of modernity, there exists an enduring challenge – the widespread prevalence of illiteracy. This year, the theme was, “Literacy for a Sustainable Future,” which meant promoting literacy for a world in transition and building the foundation for sustainable and peaceful societies.

On Literacy Day nations unite in acknowledging the profound impact that literacy, or the lack thereof, exerts on individuals, communities, and societies at large. Beyond the ability to read and write, literacy empowers minds, facilitating access to information, critical thinking, and active participation in civic life. It is a linchpin for sustainable development, a catalyst for social inclusion, and a formidable force against poverty and inequality.

In a spirited commemoration of International Literacy Day, Apeejay School International (ASI), Panchsheel Park in Delhi echoed the global call to arms on September 11, 2023. The event served as a clarion call to prioritise literacy for all, underscoring its pivotal role in shaping informed, empowered societies.

The importance of International Literacy Day cannot be overstated. Therefore, ASI orchestrated a grand affair that reverberated through the corridors of knowledge. With unwavering enthusiasm, students from every grade partook in an array of activities meticulously designed to kindle their literary spirits. A symphony of young minds filled the air, each note resonating with the melody of words, ideas, and imagination.

The academic arena crackled with energy as teams, hailing from different grades, clashed in a captivating quiz competition. Here, the fertile grounds of knowledge were tilled, cultivating an appreciation for literature, venerable authors, and the very bedrock of literacy. This crucible of competition not only ignited sparks of healthy rivalry but also ignited a heightened awareness of literacy’s transformative potential.

Yet, the day was not confined to the sterile rigors of competition alone. ASI recognised that true learning transcends mere rote memorisation, and thus, dedicated sessions were set aside for curious minds to probe the depths of literacy and education. Teachers and experts, the custodians of wisdom, stood ready to nourish these inquiries, sowing the seeds of profound understanding.

The resonant voices of senior students echoed in the halls, delivering impassioned speeches that laid bare the heart of the matter – the paramount importance of literacy. Their words were not mere rhetoric, but a call for action, urging their peers to champion the cause of literacy in their own communities.

In a stroke of brilliance, the art of storytelling took centrestage with the enthralling story-weaving competition. Students recounted tales and unlocked the very essence of human expression, reinforcing the profound role storytelling plays in fostering literacy.

This celebration, an unequivocal success, echoed with the spirited voices of students, a harmonious chorus of champions for literacy. It was more than an event; it was a watershed moment, a bridge between knowledge and action. The legacy of this day lies not merely in the activities but in the seeds of curiosity, the flames of passion, and the commitment to illuminate minds that it kindled.

As the sun set on this remarkable day, one could not help but feel a palpable sense of responsibility settle over ASI. A responsibility to nurture not just literacy, but a lifelong love for learning and the written word. For in that lies the promise of a brighter, more enlightened tomorrow, where the power of words shall know no bounds. 

Mrini Devnani is a Principal Correspondent and Marketing Coordinator at Newsroom. She covers student achievements, conducts interviews, and contributes content to the website. Previously, she served as a Correspondent specialising in Edu-tech for the India Today Group. Her skill areas extend to Social Media and Digital Marketing. For any inquiries or correspondence, you can reach out to her at [email protected].