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International Literacy Day

September 9, 2018

Each year September 8th marks UNESCO’s International Literacy day, raising awareness globally on the issues surrounding adult and child literacy. First held in 1966 and now part of the UN’s sustainable development goals program adopted in 2015, International Literacy day highlights the changes and improvements being made worldwide in literacy development.

UNESCO has been central to improving global literacy since 1946 and promotes International Literacy day in partnership with governments, charities, local communities and experts in the field worldwide. Using themes and programs the day aims to turn attention on literacy in all its forms in a changing world. Recognizing literacy encompasses more than the written word in societies today the theme for 2018 is ‘Literacy and skills development”. focusing on youth and adults within the lifelong learning framework, the effective linkages between literacy and skills will be explored. For ILD 2018, ‘skills’ means knowledge, skills and competencies required for employment, careers, and livelihoods , particularly technical and vocational skills, along with transferable skills and digital skills.

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September 9, 2018
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