September 8 is International Literacy Day

The folks at Better World Books reminded us that Saturday is International Literacy Day–here are some facts and a link to ideas for celebrating.

  • International Literacy Day is celebrated each year on September 8.
  • International Literacy Day was first observed on September 8, 1967.
  • The aim of International Literacy Day is to focus attention on the need to promote worldwide literacy.
  • 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.
  • The UN estimates that almost 800 million of the world’s adults do not know how to read or write (about two-thirds of this number are women) and that almost 130 million youth do not know how to read or write.
  • On International Literacy Day, individuals, organizations, and countries throughout the world renew their efforts to promote literacy and demonstrate their commitment to providing education for all.

Find ideas for celebrating at your library here.

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