One of three adult literacy classrooms in Gao, Mali constructed and equipped by the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA).

PHOTO: UN Photo/Harandane Dicko

“Literacy for a human-centred recovery: Narrowing the digital divide”

International Literacy Day, September 8th 

Did you know?

  • 773 million adults and young people lack basic literacy skills;
  • 617 million children and adolescents are not achieving minimum proficiency levels in reading and mathematics;
  • During the initial phase of the pandemic, schools were closed disrupting the education of 62.3 percent of the world’s student population of 1.09 billion;
  • Adult literacy and education were absent in initial education response plans, therefore many youth and adults with no or low literacy skills have had limited access to life-saving information.

Source: UNESCO

10 Targets for Education… with Elyx!

Ensuring that all youth and a substantial proportion of adults achieve literacy and numeracy is one of the ten targets for SDG 4: Education. Join Elyx, the UN’s first digital ambassador, to discover how to ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning – United Nations 

Let's Take A Writing Journey Together

“Writing in a notebook is a way to fuel up. Supreme superior unleaded. And it’s free.”

Ralph Fletcher Tips for Young Writers


Use your notebook to breathe in the world around you. You can write about:

1) What amazes/surprises/anger you

2) What you wonder about

3) What you notice

4) “Seed Ideas” or “Triggers” to generate stories or poems

5) Small details that intrigue you

6) Snatches of talk you overhear

7) Memories

8) Lists

9) Photos, articles, ticket stubs or other artifacts

10) Your own sketches, drawings of doodles.

11) Quotes or inspiring passages from books or poems

Once you have gathered a lot of writing in your notebook, try the following ideas:

  • 1) Reread to dig out the best material
  • 2) Experiment with new kinds of writing
  • 3) Try to write something beautiful but don’t expect all your writing to be great. Give yourself permission to write badly!
  • 4) Write about personal things–fears, nightmares, or dreams–that contain strong feelings
  • 5) Write about writing Remember these tips: 

Plant Your Seed

This week to celebrate International Literacy day, your seed is all about classrooms around the world, your classroom and your learning. 

Let’s have fun!

This week you are going to prepare a seed to describe classrooms around the world and how children learn but the catch is you are going to record your thinking via the skill of Sketch Noting. Sketch Noting is the most creative way to record your thinking. 

Just remember classrooms look different for all of us. Some people’s classrooms are in their homes, some are in innovative rooms, some are in classrooms with very little resources. Don’t forget to share also how children and yourself like to learn, maybe it’s visually or via listening to an audio. 

This week there is no Thinking Routine, there are NO RULES

Don’t know much about classrooms and schools around the world, here is an up to date journey around the globe.  

Samples of Sketch note pages created by students.

Modelled Thinking

Here is my thinking – Bronwyn Joyce ‘The Global Write’ Creator

Let's Write Together

Prompt 1

How does the story end?

Using the picture prompt, write a story and ‘WOW’ us with your ending. Submit your story to The Global Write Wakelet.

Prompt 2

Write a paragraph about your favourite book and share it on a buncee. Share why you would recommend your book to others to read. 

Here is my Buncee, surprise, surprise my favourite book has been written by Shaun Tan my favourite author. 

Don’t forget to share your Buncee on The Global Write Buncee Board

Prompt 3

  • Choose a book you have read. 
  • Write a one-minute review. Your review could be a whole-hearted two thumbs up, it was all right, or don’t even bother.
  • Be sure to include a short description of the book without giving spoilers!
  • Back up your talk with at least 3 reasons for your opinion. 
  • Include a rating with hashtags (ideas: #bestbookever, #notmyfave) or stickers (think 4 out of 5 stars). 
  • TIP: You will be more convincing if you do NOT read from a script. Instead, jot down bullet points of what you want to say on a sticky note. Then fasten it near your camera so you can refer to it if needed. This is not about writing a perfect review. You’re just sharing an opinion with your classmates.


Sample book talk

Record your book review here on The Global Write Flipgrid.

Let's Create with AMAZELAB

The Global Write Team would love to welcome back AMAZELAB.

Add the creativity of STEAM to learning, new ideas each week brought to you by the sensational team at AMAZELAB in the UK.

This week Leonie and the AMAZELAB team want you to create a cartoon strip about where will you be in the future. They want you to IMAGINE THE PATH TO YOUR DREAM JOB. Download the comic page and prepare your comic strip and, share it with the team via the Wakelet, Buncee or Flipgrid buttons. 


Share Your Thinking & Creativity With The World

Place your AMAZELAB creation on a Buncee and post to ‘The Global Write’ Buncee Board. Take a photo of your work and share it on our Wakelet or tell us all about it in a short video on our Flipgrid.

All you need to do is click on your button of your choice and share your great work with the AMAZELAB Team.

International Literacy Day through the eyes of 'The Global Write' Youth Ambassador Olivia

Olivia was inspired by the need for children all over the world to have access to books to read. 

Teacher Resources

The UN Sustainable Goal and Good Life Goal we are supporting this week are:

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