Secretary of State for International Development, Priti Patel, celebrated World Book Day 2017 recently with schools across her Witham constituency by highlighting the joys of reading between children and parents.
The MP said, “World Book Day aims to help children explore the pleasure of books and reading by providing them with the opportunity to have a book of their own. I am pleased to see so many schools in my constituency taking part by putting on special activities.
Reading for pleasure is extremely important for learning and early development as it helps foster greater imaginations while improving core academic skills. Good literacy skills are vital in ensuring young people are prepared for employment and the variety of challenges adult life brings.”
23 April was first proclaimed as World Book and Copyright Day by UNESCO in 1995. The Day is celebrated by a growing number of partners and since its launch has shown itself to be a great opportunity for reflection and information on a significant theme.
It is observed by millions of people in over 100 countries, in hundreds of voluntary organizations, schools, public bodies, professional groups and private businesses. In this lengthy period, World Book and Copyright Day has won over a considerable number of people from every continent and all cultural backgrounds to the cause of books and copyright.
“World Book and Copyright Day is an opportunity to highlight the power of books to promote our vision of knowledge societies that are inclusive, pluralistic, equitable, open and participatory for all citizens,” said Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO.