Celebrating International Literacy Day NGO

Mladiinfo Montenegro organized a workshop “Literate and Creative”, on September 8th, in the Youth Center in Podgorica.

The event brought together young people who expressed their interest in this topic, as well as readiness to take part in a discussion and to participate in interactive workshops. The aim of the workshop was to raise awareness about the level of literacy, as well as to strengthen the skills of young people in the creative writing of the use of modern technology. The first part of the program was led by the professor of literature at the Secondary School “Mirko Vešović”, Sonja Dabetić, who emphasized her work on developing ineterest of students for creative writting.

“The young generation today wants to achieve results and success in an easier way, but I want to instil them with desire to work on and for them self,” Dabetic said at the beginning of her presentation. In her presentation she also talked about the importance of literacy for the general culture, and how young people expiriance literacy, what literacy means to them, and she also referred to usual mistakes in speech and writing, and how to avoid these mistakes. The second part of the program was led by Danka Markovic, a graduate politologist who presented historical developmant of literacy and modern time challenges met by it. The participants had the opportunity to get acquainted with the notion of digital literacy, as well as the necessity and importance of digital literacy in modern times. Marković presented examples of creative writing and then shared with high school paritcipants useful information how to write a motivational letter and CV in a creative way. The International Literacy Day is an annual international event celebrated on September 8th. The holiday was first celebrated in 1966. Its goal is to emphasize the importance of literacy for individuals, communities and societies. Literacy is in Montenegrin statistics, defined as the ability to read and write. A person who can read and write simple statements in everyday life, is literate. According to this definition 774 million people in the world are iliterate. The majority are women, and 123 million of them are from 15 to 24 years old. According to the last census, there were 8,149 illiterate people in Montenegro, who sign official documents with fingerprints. The most of them from Podgorica (2,538), and the least from Zabljak (38).

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