Commentary: World Book Day 2022


By Ikugbadi Oluwasegun 

World Book Day 2022 — Every year, April 23 is set aside by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to be celebrated as the World Book and Copyright Day, also known as World Book Day. 

World Book Day 2022 is organized by the UNESCO.

The World Book and Copyright Day or International Day of the Book is an annual event aimed at promoting books, publishing, copyright and reading habits among people across the world. 

This year, the 28th year of World Book Day is observed with the theme ‘Read…So You Never Feel Alone’ in many countries around the world, including in Nigeria, encouraging and creating awareness among people about reading and books.

“Read…So You Never Feel Alone” is the theme for the year 2022 world book and copyright day.

However, nobody can learn how to read and write without going to school to get formal and basic education.

People who do not go through the process of schooling can not read books so they feel alone whenever they are asked to read or write among their peers. 

According to Wikipedia, “Book is a medium for recording information in the form of writing or images, typically composed of many pages bound together and protected by a cover.”

A book is seen as something of value and source of information to a literate while a book is seen as paper or something without value to an illiterate because of Inability to read a book.

Nobody disposes of books because of the value of the information in the pages of the books.

World Book Day aims to promote reading, writing novels and stories, translating , publishing and copyright. 

Readers are leaders. A lot of lives has been transformed through reading books.

Quality education is the fourth goal of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to transform the world. 

Over 33 million children in primary education age are out of school in Africa. These children are far from getting ordinary education, not to talk of quality education. 

This figure shows that there are many children in Africa who do not know how to read and write.

Special attention should be given to children in Africa so that child labour will decrease and more children will be enrol in school. 

Graduates in developing countries are either unemployed or underemployed. This has discouraged young children from going through the process of schooling in such countries because there is no hope of securing a job after the education process. Most parents have given up on sending their kids to school because of no hope of getting a better future after suffering to send their children to school.

Poverty has made families to stop sending their children to school. People who can not put food on their table can not afford to send their children to school. 

No public libraries can be found in most developing nations.

The governments of underdeveloped countries care less about education. Hence, the percentage of the education sector in the national budget is very low.

Government should make provision to equip public libraries in their locality so that people can cultivate the habit of reading books. 

The importance and impact of books in this century can not be undermined, in fact someone who stops reading books is living dead because such a person has refused to learn and grow.

“Big Ocean of Knowledge” is the popular acronym for book.

The COVID-19 pandemic had a negative impact on children as most of them can not return to school after the lockdown.

Books should be made free in underdeveloped nations like Africa so that it can encourage more people to be interested in the book.

Most people in Africa love reading, but can not afford to buy books because of economic hardship. 

In most developing countries, education is free and theoretically compulsory but the reverse is the case practically because the government has failed to provide the basic books which students will need in school for free.

The world is changing with the development of new technologies but without education, It would be very difficult to communicate, interact and relate to people and things around the world. 

The need to encourage people to learn how to read and write should be taken paramount by governments, organizations, and institutions of the world. 

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