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INTERNATIONAL LITERACY DAY

Quick Facts : International Literacy Day

  • Date: Sep 08, 2014
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International Literacy Day is one of the first 'days' declared by the UN, going as far back as 1965. September 8th is the day that seeks to focus public opinion on the major global problem of illiteracy. This is vitally important in least-developed and developing countries where large percentages of the population do not even have basic reading and writing skills. Literacy is seen as a human right, and a means of personal and social development - it makes an essential contribution to wide variety of goals like maintaining peace and promoting democracy, eradicating poverty, achieving gender equality and ensuring sustainable development. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, UNESCO, is the main organization behind the concept of International Literacy Day, and every year it reminds the international community of the status of literacy and adult learning globally.

According to statistics as of 2011, some 793 million adults still lack minimum literacy skills, nearly two-thirds of whom are women, which means that about one in six adults is still not literate. 67.4 million children are out-of-school and many more attend irregularly or drop out. UNESCO provides support to member states of the United Nations to promote literacy in varied ways, from technical expertise, strategic policy-making, capacity-building programs, research, monitoring and evaluation as well as advocacy. International Literacy Day is one small cog in this literacy machine, drawing attention to the plight of millions who are unable to rise out of the depths of extreme poverty, to claim their lives and full potential.

On this day every year UNESCO awards international literacy prizes to the most innovative and inspiring literacy programs. The prizes reward exceptional work in the fight against illiteracy, including supporting literacy in multilingual contexts and supporting literacy in rural areas. There is a declared theme for each year and themes in the past have included "The Power of Women's Literacy", "Literacy and Health" and for 2011 "Literacy for Peace". Some supporters of International Literacy Day include the Global Development Research Center, Montblanc, the National Institute for Literacy, and Rotary International.

At the national and local level, International Literacy Day is celebrated in schools, community centers, NGOs and more, from efforts aimed at impacting one person at a time, such as in a classroom, to highly publicized national events and advocacy by prominent authors. Philanthropic organizations take this opportunity to organize events to uplift children and improve their educational prospects, such as through competitions offering scholarships as prizes. Even in modern developed countries, International Literacy Day is used as a tool to encourage marginalized communities to equip themselves with the skills to create a better life. Education has long been recognized as imperative for individual, social and national development, and International Literacy Day serves to remind us that wherever we are, however much we know, there is always more to learn.

International Literacy Day Observances

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International holidays celebrated in year 2014

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  • Jan 01, 2014
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  • Jan 04, 2014
  • Sat
  • Jan 11, 2014
  • International Thank-You Day
  • Thu
  • Jan 30, 2014
  • Wed
  • Feb 12, 2014
  • Darwin Day
  • Sat
  • Feb 22, 2014
  • Sat
  • Mar 01, 2014
  • International Day of the Seal
  • Thu
  • Mar 20, 2014
  • World Frog Day
  • Fri
  • Mar 21, 2014
  • World Down Syndrome Day
  • Sat
  • Mar 22, 2014
  • Sun
  • Mar 23, 2014
  • World Meteorological Day
  • Sat
  • Mar 29, 2014
  • Wed
  • Apr 02, 2014
  • International Children’s Book Day
  • Mon
  • Apr 07, 2014
  • Sat
  • Apr 12, 2014
  • Yuri's Night
  • Mon
  • Apr 21, 2014
  • International Creativity and Innovation Day
  • Tue
  • Apr 22, 2014
  • Wed
  • Apr 23, 2014
  • Fri
  • Apr 25, 2014
  • World Penguin Day
  • Sat
  • May 03, 2014
  • World Press Freedom Day
  • Mon
  • May 05, 2014
  • International Midwives Day
  • Thu
  • May 08, 2014
  • Sat
  • May 10, 2014
  • World Lupus Day
  • Mon
  • May 12, 2014
  • International Nurses Day
  • Tue
  • May 13, 2014
  • IEEE Global Engineering Day
  • Thu
  • May 15, 2014
  • International Day of Families
  • Sun
  • May 18, 2014
  • International Museum Day
  • Wed
  • May 21, 2014
  • World Day for Cultural Diversity
  • Thu
  • May 22, 2014
  • International Day for Biological Diversity
  • Fri
  • May 23, 2014
  • World Turtle Day
  • Sat
  • May 24, 2014
  • World Schizophrenia Day
  • Sun
  • May 25, 2014
  • Towel Day
  • Sat
  • May 31, 2014
  • Sun
  • Jun 08, 2014
  • Sat
  • Jun 14, 2014
  • Mon
  • Jun 16, 2014
  • International Day of the African Child
  • Tue
  • Jun 17, 2014
  • World Day to Combat Desertification & Drought
  • Fri
  • Jun 20, 2014
  • World Refugee Day
  • Fri
  • Jul 11, 2014
  • Wed
  • Jul 16, 2014
  • Fri
  • Aug 08, 2014
  • Universal & International Infinity Day
  • Sat
  • Aug 09, 2014
  • International Day of the World’s Indigenous People
  • Sun
  • Aug 10, 2014
  • International Biodiesel Day
  • Wed
  • Aug 13, 2014
  • International Lefthanders Day
  • Thu
  • Aug 14, 2014
  • Sat
  • Aug 23, 2014
  • International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade & its Abolition
  • Mon
  • Sep 15, 2014
  • Software Freedom Day
  • Tue
  • Sep 16, 2014
  • International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer
  • Fri
  • Sep 19, 2014
  • Talk Like a Pirate Day
  • Sun
  • Sep 21, 2014
  • World Gratitude Day
  • Mon
  • Sep 22, 2014
  • World Car-Free Day
  • Mon
  • Sep 29, 2014
  • Thu
  • Oct 02, 2014
  • Fri
  • Oct 03, 2014
  • World Temperance Day
  • Sat
  • Oct 04, 2014
  • Sun
  • Oct 05, 2014
  • Fri
  • Oct 10, 2014
  • World Mental Health Day
  • Thu
  • Oct 16, 2014
  • Fri
  • Oct 17, 2014
  • International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
  • Fri
  • Oct 24, 2014
  • Sat
  • Nov 08, 2014
  • World Town Planning Day
  • Sun
  • Nov 16, 2014
  • International Day for Tolerance
  • Fri
  • Nov 21, 2014
  • Sun
  • Nov 30, 2014
  • International Computer Security Day
  • Mon
  • Dec 01, 2014
  • Tue
  • Dec 02, 2014
  • International Day for the Abolition of Slavery
  • Fri
  • Dec 05, 2014
  • International Volunteers Day
  • Sun
  • Dec 07, 2014
  • International Civil Aviation Day
  • Wed
  • Dec 10, 2014