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International Literacy Day

8 September, 2021

As outlined by the United Nations, 773 million adults and young people lack basic literacy skills and 617 million children and adolescents are not achieving minimum proficiency levels in reading and mathematics. International Literacy Day is thus to stress the importance of literacy for individuals, communities and societies, and the need for intensified efforts towards more literate societies. A key component of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals¬†and the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, Sustainable Development Goal 4 has as one of its targets ensuring all young people achieve literacy and numeracy and that adults, who lack these skills are given the opportunity to acquire them. Since 1967, UNESCO International literacy prizes have supported effective literacy practices and encouraged the promotion of dynamic literate societies.


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