September 8 is International Literacy Day


UNESCO poster for International Literacy Day 2013

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UNESCO started International Literacy Day 40 years ago.
The day reminds people that literacy is a human right.
A good basic education equips pupils with skills required for life and more learning. It is the foundation of all learning.

Literate parents are more likely to send their children to school.
Literate people are better able to continue their education.
Literate societies are better able to manage development.

Why is Literacy important?

Literacy is:

  • a human right
  • a tool of personal empowerment, and
  • a means for social and human development.

Contact your local literacy organization or library for more information about literacy in your area.

Adapted from UNESCO. org