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Qatar National Library marks Int’l Literacy Day

Qatar National Library (QNL) marked International Literacy Day with a series of public lectures highlighting the importance of a literate world.
The theme of International Literacy Day 2019 was ‘Literacy and Multilingualism’, recognising that embracing linguistic diversity in education and literacy development is central to addressing literacy challenges and to achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
In keeping with the theme, the library hosted ‘International Literacy Day: Our Children and Books’ on September 7, attended by parents, educators and professionals in the area of child development. The lecture focused on early childhood development and highlighted how children are naturally drawn towards printed material.
On September 8, the library presented a lecture in collaboration with the Qatar National Commission for Education, Culture and Science on ‘Literacy and Multilingualism: Future Prospects’. During the lecture, Dr Hassan Ali Diba addressed Qatar’s efforts to combat illiteracy while highlighting the importance of learning languages throughout history.
The lecture was followed by an introduction to the Mango Languages interactive database, which provides step-by-step lessons in more than 70 languages, including Arabic, Spanish, French and Russian. (TNN)

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