Literacy for all

"Tome Reader" by QQ Li (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

Tome Reader by QQ Li (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

The 8th of September is International Literacy Day. UNESCO proclaimed the 8th of September International Literacy Day in 1965, and it was first celebrated in 1966. International Literacy Day highlights the importance of literacy to individuals, communities and society at large.

This year’s theme is ‘Literacy and Sustainable Development’. Literacy is a key element in promoting sustainable development as it empowers people and communities to make the best choices in regards to economic growth, social development and the environment. Literacy is a human right and is a crucial foundation for sustainable, prosperous and peaceful societies.

Check out this video about UNESCO’s ‘Rewrite the future’ project, a two-year project focusing on literacy which aims to educate about 10,000 girls and women aged between 15 and 55 in seven different regions of Senegal.

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