International Literacy Day – 8 September 2018

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.

Soroptimist activities such as letters to the editor in newspapers, as well as news reports about the concerns for low literacy level could increase awareness of the problems. Other activities include literacy day projects, particularly with regard to technology and literature, supporting books for schools, Book Aid and other such charities.