Shangri-La Hotel, Surabaya Celebrates International Literacy Day With Students and Teachers

On November 17, 1965, UNESCO dedicated September 8 as International Literacy Day to highlight the importance of literacy among individuals, communities and societies. On September 8, 2017, nineteen colleagues from Shangri-La Hotel, Surabaya and a professional psychologist visited the MI Nurul Huda I School, the hotel’s EMBRACE partner, to celebrate International Literacy Day and work with teachers to help students who suffer from dyslexia.

The day started with an interactive story time with the first grade students in small groups for a more hands-on experience.

“Some of the students still have difficulty reading, so we printed out some colorful famous children’s stories to help visualize the words,” said Cahya Bhinartika, corporate social responsibility manager at the hotel.

The day concluded with a discussion about literacy and dyslexia led by a professional psychologist and social activist. The discussion focused on the challenges that students and adults with dyslexia face, and how best to help students with dyslexia.

“The educational discussion aims to help teachers understand why some students are still having trouble reading in class,” Cahya said.

The teachers found the discussion both helpful and actionable.

“If we find our students have difficulty reading, we will be able to patiently support the student to reach his or her reading goals,” said Mrs. Rosa, one of the teachers at the school.

Congratulations to the team in Surabaya on the successful International Literacy Day initiative.