International Literacy Day - 08 September.

Encouraging and supporting literacy everywhere, September 8th marks International Literacy Day. The day focuses on the importance and value of literacy.

The ability to read and write isn’t only important for individuals, but societies as a whole. Some say literacy is a matter of dignity and human rights. Literacy is also an essential foundation of education. The ability to read and write even increases life expectancy.

Despite its importance, 775 million people across the globe are illiterate. About two-thirds of those who can’t read are women. There are 155 million children around the world who are currently not attending school. Lack of school attendance is a significant indicator of a child’s risk of being illiterate. The world literacy rate is at 82 percent. In most countries, the literacy rate has plateaued.

Around the world, communities, organizations, and governments celebrate literacy during Literacy Day. They also reflect upon the literacy challenges throughout the world. Globally, its recognized that higher illiteracy rates equal increased poverty levels.

On October 26, 1966, UNESCO pronounced September 8th as International Literacy Day. Each year since 1967, International Literacy Day has been celebrated around the world.
In recent years, there has been a theme associated with International Literacy Day. 

This year’s International Literacy Day will be celebrated worldwide under the theme, “Transforming Literacy Learning Spaces” and will be an opportunity to rethink the fundamental importance of literacy learning spaces to build resilience and ensure quality, equitable, and inclusive education for all.


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