ZAGREB, 9 Sept (Hina) – The Croatian Ministry of Culture and Media was shortlisted for the World Literacy Awards in the category “Significant Contribution to Literacy by a Nation” for its “Year of Reading” campaign.
The World Literacy Awards are annual recognitions given to valuable initiatives around the world that promote literacy and education.
They are divided into several categories and given to individuals and organisations for their outstanding endeavours that promote literacy. The laureates are selected by a panel of judges consisting of eminent leaders from across the globe, including literacy and literature experts, Nobel Literature Prize recipients, and award-winning authors.
Croatia had one more candidate shortlisted, Prof. Anita Peti-Staničić, was nominated in the Academic Award category.
Her work on reading literacy consists of two tiers, both equally important and complement each other. The first is her publishing activity. The second is her activist work on putting reading literacy in the centre of interest of librarians and teachers at all school subjects.
The government declared 2021 The Year of Reading. The declaration of The Year of Reading is part of a measure from the National Strategy to Promote Reading, adopted in 2017.
International Literacy Day is an international observance, celebrated each year on 8 September, declared by UNESCO on 26 October 1966 at the 14th session of UNESCO’s General Conference. It was celebrated for the first time in 1967.