“Our world is rich and diverse with about 7,000 living languages. These languages are instruments for communication, engagement in lifelong learning, and participation in society and the world of work. They are also closely linked with distinctive identities, cultures, worldviews, and knowledge systems. Embracing linguistic diversity in education and literacy development is therefore a key part of developing inclusive societies that respect “diversity” and “difference,” upholding human dignity.”
Audrey Azoulay, Director General of UNESCO Message on the occasion of International Literacy Day
The United Nations’ International Literacy Day is observed each year on September 8. The day recognizes the centrality of literacy to the achievement of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals; per the UN website, it “is an opportunity for Governments, civil society and stakeholders to highlight improvements in world literacy rates, and reflect on the world’s remaining literacy challenges.”
The theme for this year’s International Literacy Day is “Literacy and Skills Development.” For more information, visit the UN website at https://www.un.org/en/events/literacyday/index.shtml.
Happy International Literacy Day! How are you celebrating today? United Nations will be celebrating international literacy today and tomorrow, with a theme of Literacy and Sustainable Societies. Today UNESCO is also commemorating the 50th anniversary of the World Congress of Ministers of Education on the Eradication of Illiteracy. UNESCO’s Director-General states:
New technologies, including mobile telephones, also offer fresh opportunities for literacy for all. We must invest more, and I appeal to all Members States and all our partners to redouble our efforts – political and financial – to ensure that literacy is fully recognized as one of the most powerful accelerators of sustainable development. The future starts with the alphabet. Visit UNESCO’s website for more details.
In the USA, September 8 is also Literacy Day in Georgia, as proclaimed by the state’s Governor Deal. In New York, in honor of International Literacy Day, Pencils of Promise (PoP) is having the Empire State Building lit in yellow, like a giant pencil.
The National Coalition for Literacy encourages you to celebrate International Literacy Day. NCL is also preparing upcoming blogs for Adult Education and Family Literacy (AEFL) Week, September 21-26, and invites you to share how you will celebrate by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.