Literacy defined as the ability to read and write. Reading and writing abilities vary across from cultures to countries or contexts to contexts.
Literacy is like a powerful sword which can defeat any kind of knowledge based on belief or every happenings. It shows you the reality of every condition with proper support to the context.
Nowadays, ‘reading’ comprises both complex visual and digital media as well as printed material. An elderly person who would prefer reading the newspaper and might struggle to get information from Google. Whereas, a teenager would prefer reading from google search.
Similarly, different cultures will have different perceptions of literacy. The writing traditions of the English language make reading comprehension an essential part of literacy, but this might not be as important in cultures or groups that rarely read printed material.
Why is literacy important?
Students need literacy in order to engage with the written word in everyday life. Think of how often you use your own reading skills in everyday life. It’s not just articles like this one that require literacy, but signs, labels, and the messages on your phone, too.
The same goes for writing. Nowadays, even phone calls have given way to instant messaging and text-based communication, making the ability to read all the more important.
But beyond the functional level, literacy plays a vital role in transforming a bookish theory into reality. Being able to read and write means being able to keep up with current events, communicate effectively, and understand the issues that are shaping our world.
Ways to support literacy development
Literacy development should be a combined effort between home and school because home is the first place where we learn things like respecting speaking etc.
Here are a few things you can do to support early learners’ literacy skills:
Encourage Reading and Writing
Reading is the first pillar of literacy, encouraging youngsters to immerse themselves in it frequently and deeply. This should involve exposure to a broad variety of different genres, such as newspapers, novels, comics, magazines, films, reference material, and websites. And writing is the second pillar of literacy so there is a separate Section named writing section in exams of school even in competitive exams.
Actively discussing what has been read encourages learners to make connections and think deeply about the ideas contained in texts. Follow up the reading or viewing of a text with a discussion of what it made learners think and feel.
Make use of the library
Immersing children in a huge range of texts encourages them to dive in and explore. There’s no better place to do this than the school or community library. It will not only make students read but also teach them discipline like not talking while studying. It makes students calm and will increase the thrust of knowledge.