International Literacy Day

Posted on Wednesday, September 5, 2012 by Reading_Program

This is a picture of several women practicing their reading and writing skills together.September 8 is International Literacy Day, and it was first celebrated in 1966. The focus of International Literacy Day is to bring awareness to the importance of literacy to individuals, communities and societies. Some 775 million adults lack minimum literacy skills around the world. For over 40 years now, UNESCO has been celebrating International Literacy Day by reminding the international community that literacy is a human right and the foundation of all learning. To learn more about this important day, click here.

To raise public awareness, the following writers are supporting UNESCO through the Writers for Literacy Initiative: Margaret Atwood, Paul Auster, Philippe Claudel, Paulo Coelho, Philippe Delerm, Fatou Diome, Chahdortt Djavann, Nadine Gordimer, Amitav Ghosh, Marc Levy, Alberto Manguel, Anna Moi, Scott Momaday, Toni Morrison, Erik Orsenna, Gisèle Pineau, El Tayeb Salih, Francisco Jose Sionil, Wole Soyinka, Amy Tan, Miklós Vámos, Abdourahman Waberi, Wei Wei, Banana Yoshimoto.

If you are interested in volunteering locally to help someone improve his or her reading skills, be sure to register for an upcoming volunteer training. For more details, click here.

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