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International Literacy Day – 8 September 2018

International Literacy Day – 8 September 2018


We’ll be giving nearly new children’s books away on Saturday 8th September outside Kenilworth Books in Talisman Square, everyone welcome 🙂

According to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) about 774 million adults lack the minimum literacy skills. One in five adults is still not literate and two-thirds of them are women. About 75 million children are out-of-school and many more attend irregularly or drop out.

On International Literacy Day each year, UNESCO reminds the international community of the status of literacy and adult learning globally. This day was first celebrated on 8 September 1966. 

UNESCO and its partners promote the day to underline the significance of literacy for healthy societies, with a strong emphasis on the importance of literacy with respect to health and education. In countries all over the world the day raises people’s awareness of and concern for literacy problems within their own communities.