International Literacy Day
About International Literacy Day
Date When Celebrated: This holiday is always observed on September 8
International Literacy Day, a September 8 holiday, celebrates and promotes literacy all over the world. The day was created by the United Nations. It is promoted by the UN’s UNESCO. According to their website: “The aim is to highlight the importance of literacy to individuals, communities, and societies.”
Literacy is a global issue, and hence the UN takes an active role in promoting it. They do recognize and celebrate that billions of people are literate. But, they go further to promote literacy and seek improved literacy rates in every country of the world.
The worldwide literacy rate for men is 90%, and 83% for women. While that number seems quite high, it means hundreds of millions of people can not read. And in sub-Saharan Africa, the rate is only 64%.
.ps If you are reading this, then you can and should celebrate this day.
How to Celebrate International Literacy Day
Today is a great day to:
- Help someone learn how to read.
- Donate to programs that seek to improve literacy around the world.
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History and Origin of International Literacy Day
The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), established International Literacy Day as an annual event, The first celebration was on September 8, 1965. It is an annual event and is promoted around the world.
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