A book, I think, is very like, A little golden door, That takes me into places, Where I have never been before, It leads me into fairyland, Or countries strange and far, And, best of all, the golden door, Always stands ajar. - Adelaide Love
Books are a necessary part of every functioning civilization. They transmit history, teach morals, keep laws, maintain a stable language, codify both religion and philosophy and spread ideas. There is no end to the importance of this treasure called the book.
The link between 23rd April and books was first made in 1923 by booksellers in Spain to honor the author, Miguel de Cervantes, who died on that day. As for today, the World Book and Copyright Day is observed in over 100 countries, where schools, private businesses, voluntary organizations and lots of more people and groups come together to pay a tribute to both books and their authors.
The annually celebrated World Book and Copyright Day, which is also known as International Day of the Book or World Book Day, is organized by UNESCO to promote reading, publishing and copyright amongst all public worldwide. This day symbolizes the celebration of the world well-known authors and encourages everybody, especially youth, to discover the gratification of reading.
We, at World Assembly of Youth (WAY), recognize that youth, nowadays, are struggling in extremely various situations with diverse traces and perspectives, mental and social growth. In addition, the existence of technology, which with no doubt brings in a lot of amenities into our life, has influenced young people’s preferences on entertainment leading most of them spending lesser leisure-time on reading.
Acknowledging on the challenges encountered in our society today, we urge young people to develop a habit of reading regularly so as to increase their knowledge on various subject matters. Our encouragement towards reading has even gone further than just raising awareness amongst young people as we continue to publish resourceful reading materials such as news, press releases and even book especially those related to youth issues which can be found at www.way.org.my/publication.
Therefore, through the commemorate of World Book and Copyright Day, we wish to reiterate our intention of encouraging young people to continuously appreciate books and treasure the value obtained by reading them. As we, at WAY, believe that books are the treasure of literacy; they are miraculous in their every word and imaginative sentences. They are the magic bean of creativity and the well of knowledge!
HAPPY WORLD BOOK AND COPYRIGHT DAY!