Each year, on the 23 April, celebrations on World Book and Copyright Day take place all over the world in order to recognise the magical power of books, a link between the past and the future, a bridge between generations and across cultures. Through reading we could open ourselves to others despite distance, and we can travel thanks to imagination.
At a time when most of the educational institutions are still close, and people are having to limit time spent out of their homes, now more than ever, the power of books can be leveraged to combat isolation, to reinforce ties between people, and to expand their horizons, while stimulating their minds and creativity. Hence, on this day we wish to encourage young people to continuously appreciate books and treasure the knowledge and value obtained by reading them.
We, at World Assembly of Youth (WAY), recognise that youth 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, bulletins, informative flyers, and even book especially those related to youth issues.
We believe that books are the treasure of literacy, they are miraculous in their every word and imaginative sentences. Do express your love for reading in this day, and every day!