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September 08

Celebrate International Literacy Day!

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Celebrate International Literacy Day!

Grades K – 12
Calendar Activity Type Literacy-Related Event

 

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International Literacy Day (ILD), celebrated annually on September 8, shines a spotlight on global literacy needs. On ILD (and every day), advocate for a literate world, support literacy educators and leaders, and celebrate the power of literacy.

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International Literacy Day is celebrated annually and is designed to focus attention on literacy issues. The International Literact Association estimates that 780 million adults, nearly two-thirds of whom are women, do not know how to read and write. They also estimate that 94—115 million children worldwide do not have access to education. International Literacy Day is just one way groups can strive to increase literacy around the world.

This year, International Literacy Day (8 September) will be celebrated across the world under the theme of 'Literacy in a digital world'. On 7 and 8 September, 2017 a special two-day event will be organized at UNESCO’s Headquarters in Paris, with the overall aim to look at what kind of literacy skills people need to navigate increasingly digitally-mediated societies, and to explore effective literacy policies and programmes that can leverage the opportunities that the digital world provides.

Invite students to think about how they access literacy in a digital world.

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  • International Literacy Day

    ILA supports International Literacy Day and the countless activities that take place worldwide. Visit for an archive of resources.

  • UNESCO International Literacy Day

    This year, International Literacy Day (8 September) will be celebrated across the world under the theme of 'Literacy in a digital world'.

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