Today, September 8, we celebrate the International Literacy Day. Created in 1967 by the United Nations (UN), it is a reminder to all nations in the world that literacy plays a crucial role throughout people’s lives. It is part of the most necessary skills for the development of critical thinking, poverty reduction and the formation of more equalitarian and sustainable societies.
Data from the UN Agency for Education, Science and Culture (UNESCO) alert that 617 million children and adolescents around the world are not acquiring minimum skills in reading, writing and mathematics. Currently, there are 750 million young people and adults who cannot read or write. It is also important to highlight that two-thirds of the youth and adults who are illiterate are female.
In times of humanitarian crises, the Human Right to Education is all the more necessary, especially when we consider that half of the migrants and refugees are children and young people
The access to a high-quality education is bound up with the protection of these individuals and enables positive social outcomes in the long run, while low levels of access can make them more vulnerable and susceptible to violence and conflict situations.
Through their Art&Education projects the Fraternity – International Humanitarian Federation (FIHF) encourages continued educational processes and practices for children, adolescents and adults in the five shelters they manage.
During the Covid-19 pandemic, educators, missionaries and collaborators of the Fraternity – Humanitarian (FIHF) intensified their educational practices through many playful activities: storytelling, music, environmental education, colors, numbers and reading. The scope has been to reduce the negative impact on children and teenagers’ learning process.