From the UNESCO site:
On International Literacy Day each year,UNESCO reminds the international community of the status of literacy and adult learning globally.
About 759 million adults still lack literacy skills. Two-thirds are women. The International Literacy Day global celebrations will therefore focus on the transformation literacy can bring to women’s lives and thosen of their families, communities and societies.
Literacy is a human right, a tool of personal empowerment and a means for social and human development. Educational opportunities depend on literacy.
Literacy is at the heart of basic education for all, and essential for eradicating poverty, reducing child mortality, curbing population growth, achieving gender equality and ensuring sustainable development, peace and democracy. There are good reasons why literacy is at the core of Education for All (EFA).
A good quality basic education equips pupils with literacy skills for life and further learning; literate parents are more likely to send their children to school; literate people are better able to access continuing educational opportunities; and literate societies are better geared to meet pressing development .
Collection of good practices
Presents short info sheets on about 80 literacy programmes from all over the world presented at the UNESCO Regional Conferences in support of Global Literacy.
More Ways to Celebrate
- International Literacy Day: 7 Easy Ways To Spread The Word
- Read IRA’s letter to Council Leaders about International Literacy Day
- International Literacy Day invitation to IRA members and Rotarians to work jointly on literacy
- Buy Wine – yes really 🙂 The Fledgling Initiative aims to make awesome wine for the benefit of Room to Read, a non-profit organization extending literacy and educational opportunities to children worldwide. Every case of Fledgling wine sold will help promote literacy in Uttarakhand, India.
- International Literacy Day Project
- Help publish a new book for the children of South Africa