Sunday, September 6, 2009


September 8th is the UNESCO International Literacy Day . The aim of International Literacy Day is to focus attention on the need to promote worldwide literacy.

Literacy is seen as a basic right for all people by UNESCO.Unfortunately in Turkey ,often children and adults who have dyslexia and are struggling with reading and writing go unnoticed because of the lack of basic awareness of this problem.One of the reasons for writing this dyslexia blog is to make parents and teachers, alike, aware of dyslexia and its implications.

Between 2003 – 2012 is the United Nations Literacy Decade. The UN sees "literacy is crucial to the acquisition by every child, youth and adult, of essential life skills.

As part of the literacy decade DITT is organizing the World Dyslexia Forum at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris (France )from the 3 to 5 February 2010. In an earlier blog article I talked about this event.

A free online learning course on dyslexia for teachers and trainee teachers in both English and French wil be available on the 5th February 2010 at UNESCO Paris at the World Dyslexia Forum.

Teacher training advisers from over 193 countries will be invited to share their existing expertise and to pilot the free course within their national teacher-training programmes.

The online learning course consists of three sections:

The first section provides a definition of dyslexia and looks at the causes, as well as the consequences of dyslexia.

The second part looks at how teachers can decide if a child may have dyslexia.

The third section focuses on how to include children with dyslexia in mainstream classrooms .

In addition, there will be a film entitled 'Dyslexia - On the right lines', which illustrates and extends the online learning course.
Let's hope this free dyslexia learning course for teachers, plus film can be translated into Turkish. We need it here !!!

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