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World Literacy Day: September 8, A history of world-wide commitment to literacy, World literacy Day Videos

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World Literacy Day: September 8

Literacy is a cause for celebration since there are now close to four billion literate people in the world. However, literacy for all – children, youth and adults - is still an unaccomplished goal and an ever moving target. A combination of ambitious goals, insufficient and parallel efforts, inadequate resources and strategies, and continued underestimation of the magnitude and complexity of the task accounts for this unmet goal. Lessons learnt over recent decades show that meeting the goal of universal literacy calls not only for more effective efforts but also for renewed political will and for doing things differently at all levels - locally, nationally and internationally.

A history of world-wide commitment to literacy

International Literacy Day was established in 1965 by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), and is celebrated around the world each year on September 8. In 1990, the United Nations General Assembly gave a boost to world literacy by proclaiming International Literacy Year. This special Year signified the ongoing commitment of the world community to recognize and support literacy as a key to personal development and to the socio-economic progress of nations.

International Literacy Day

Minister Solberg marks International Literacy Day at the Crowfoot Library in Calgary

Links to UN and UN System sites:
International Literacy Day
UN Literacy Decade

Fact About Literacy
Challenges of the knowledge-based society and economy

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Pustak Vachan Book Reading International Literacy Day

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