7 Facts About International Literacy Day

7 Facts About International Literacy Day

Posted at: 26 Nov 2020

Do you know what is literacy? Here you are, literacy is the ability to identify, understand, interpret, create, compute, and communicate, and literacy also has traditionally been thought of as reading, writing, and communicating that connects people to one another and empowers them to achieve things they never thought possible. Wow, does it mean we use literacy every day? The answer is YES, we use it every day. Because of these important reasons of literacy we, all around the world, have celebrated International Literacy Day together for everyone.

The more you read, the more things you will know, the more you learn, the more places you will go. -Dr. Seuss

In recognition of International Literacy Day on Sept 8, here are some facts about that day:

  1. Literacy is one part of education and is your right as a human being.
  2. International Literacy Day is an international observance and not a public holiday
  3. International Literacy Day is celebrated each year on September 8th. And it was first observed on September 8th, 1967. Saturday, September 8th this year marks the 52nd anniversary of UNESCO’s International Literacy Day. The theme for International Literacy Day 2018 was “Literacy and Skills Development”.
  4. The International Conference this year will explore the way to make effective connections between literacy and technical and vocational skills in policies, practice, systems and governance.
  5. The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is the founder of International Literacy Day and is responsible for appointing a jury to award International Literacy Prizes in Paris, France.
  6. According to UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS), despite the steady rise in literacy rate over the past 50 years, there are still 750 million illiterate adults around the world, most of whom are women. And 1 in 5 children is not in school. That’s 263 million children and young people ages 6 to 17.
  7. UNESCO’s logo features a drawing of a temple with the “UNESCO” acronym under the roof of the temple and on top of the temple’s foundation. And this logo is often used in promotional material for International Literacy Day.

Roughly 12% of the world’s population is considered functionally illiterate, with only basic or below basic literacy levels in their native languages. However, literacy is also a cause for celebration on the day because there are nearly four billion literates, including you. So as we are literates who have the ability to read and write and know how the importance of literacy is, we should spread out this information and encourage the next generation not to abandon theirs. Lastly, I hope we can enjoy celebrating International Literacy Day together, also with the world, to show that literacy is really important and needed for our lives and our future.

Happy International Literacy Day!

The future starts with the alphabet. - UNESCO Director-General

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