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Quick Facts : International Literacy Day


Date: Sep 08, 2014 Type: International Also Called:
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International Literacy Day

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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.

 

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Apr 07World Health DayApr 12Yuri's NightApr 13International Special Librarian’s Day
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Apr 25World Penguin DayMay 03World Press Freedom DayMay 05International Midwives Day
May 08World Red Cross DayMay 10World Lupus DayMay 12International Nurses Day
May 13IEEE Global Engineering DayMay 15International Day of FamiliesMay 18International Museum Day
May 21World Day for Cultural DiversityMay 22International Day for Biological DiversityMay 23World Turtle Day
May 24World Schizophrenia DayMay 25Towel DayMay 31World No-Tobacco Day
Jun 08World Ocean DayJun 14World Blood Donor DayJun 16International Day of the African Child
Jun 17World Day to Combat Desertification & DroughtJun 20World Refugee DayJun 26International Day Against Drug Abuse & Trafficking
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Aug 09International Day of the World’s Indigenous PeopleAug 10International Biodiesel DayAug 12International Youth Day
Aug 13International Lefthanders DayAug 14World Lizard DayAug 23International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade & its Abolition
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Sep 16International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone LayerSep 19Talk Like a Pirate DaySep 21World Gratitude Day
Sep 22World Car-Free DaySep 29Inventors DayOct 01International Music Day
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