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Monday, 7 September 2015

International Literacy Day 2015, September 8th.

 Международного дня грамотности, 8 сентября.
 International Literacy Day, 8 September.
 Journée internationale de l'alphabétisation, 8 septembre.
 Día Internacional de la Alfabetización, 8 de Septiembre. 
   أيلول/سبتمب 8, اليوم الدولي لمحو الأمية

Literacy is a basis for lifelong learning and plays a crucial role in further learning.

 Тема 2015 года - «Грамотность и устойчивые общества».
Theme 2015: Literacy and Sustainable Societies.

International Literacy Day 2015 - Literacy and Sustainable Societies

 Message from the Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova for the International Literacy Day 2015.

 Every year,  on  September 8 th ,  we raise the flag for literacy as a human right, as a  force for dignity, and as a  foundation for cohesive societies and sustainable  development. This message is  especially vital this year, when States will adopt a new agenda for  education and development  to  guide the next 15 years.  Promoting literacy must  stand  at the heart of this new agenda .

By empowering  individual women and men ,  literacy helps to advance sustainable development across the board  -- from better  health care and food security to eradicating  poverty and  promoting  decent work.  There has been progress across the world since 2000, but steep challenges  remain .

Today,  757  million adults  still lack basic literacy skills -- two  thirds are  women. The number of out - of - school children and adolescen ts is on the rise,  standing at 124 million worldwide  – while some  250 million children of primary  school age are failing to master basic literacy skills even in schooling.  We  cannot allow this to continue. Literacy is essential to reach the proposed  susta inable development  goal  to promote  “ inclusive and  equitable quality education and lifelong learning for all . ” This is UNESCO’s message on  International Literacy Day .

To allow all women and  men to participate fully in their societies , we need  greater inves tment and  more  effective policies  to embed  action for  literacy within wider development  policies,  s upported by  innovative  mechanisms  that generate  positive  synergies  across all policy areas that are vital to building more just and cohesive societies . This is  essential to all efforts to build a better future for all, on the basis of human rights  and dignity.
Irina Bokova

 Winners of the UNESCO International Literacy Prizes


This year, to celebrate literacy and the idea of it being integral to sustainable societies, a special event will be held at UNESCO Headquarters where the Director-General of UNESCO will attend.

The aims of the event are to ‘prepare the ground for literacy action in the post-2015 era,’ in particular:
– monitoring of literacy progress
– effective global coordination to ensure sustained and coordinated efforts for literacy
– key issues to be addressed in light of the Education 2030 Framework for Action discussed at the World Education Forum 2015 (Incheon, Republic of Korea, 19-22 May 2015) for adoption at the 38th session of UNESCO’s General Conference.

 This event will also mark the 50th anniversary of the World Congress of Ministers of Education on the Eradication of Illiteracy (Islamic Republic of Iran, 1965), which made the Tehran recommendation on the proclamation of the International Literacy Day and advanced the notion of functional literacy. As in previous years, the 2015 UNESCO International Literacy Prizes Awards Ceremony will also take place.



International Literacy Day is being celebrated around the world. Here is a selection of projects and events taking place in honour of September 8.

Algeria: Algerian Literacy Association (IQRAA )
As part of the International Literacy Day celebrations, the Algerian Literacy Association (IQRAA )will: award the “Ooredoo Literacy Prize”, co-organised by IQRAA and Ooredoo Algérie; inaugurate a “Women’s literacy, training and integration” centre in Ouled Yahia Khadrouche, Jijel; and launch an awareness-raising campaign in Jijel titled “A school for all from 6 to 16". More

Brasilia, Brazil: UNESCO International Literacy Day Event
Together with the Ministry of Education of Brazil, the UNESCO Office in Brasilia will organise a series pf activities to celebrate International Literacy Day. They will also serve to highlight a lifelong learning programme the Brazilian Government is developing in partnership with the UNESCO Office in Brasilia. (coming soon)

Brussels, Belgium: European Literacy Week – to be launched on 8 September
The European Literacy Network (ELINET) will launch Literacy Week in Europe on 8 September with a view to raising awareness of the literacy-related challenges faced in the region, and to taking steps towards ensuring that every European adult can read and write well enough to fully and independently participate in society. More

Prey Veng Province: International Literacy Day Event, “Literacy Contributes to Reduce Migrants at Risk.”
Cambodia will celebrate by holding a national event in the Prey Veng province, under the theme "Literacy Contributes to Reducing Migrants at Risk."  The Minister of Education, Youth and Sport (MoEYS), MoEYS leaders, a UNESCO representative from Phnom Penh, the Prey Veng Governor, ministries, NGOs, local authorities, students, literacy learners, and teachers will be attending the event where 30 learners who have excelled in literacy will be awarded prizes. In addition, all TV stations will broadcast news on the special day from 6 to 8 September and 25 different provinces around the country will hold their own events. More

Nationwide, France: National Days of Action against Illiteracy
After the success of the first series of National Days of Action against Illiteracy in 2014, where 160 official events were held across France, the country’s National Agency to Fight against Illiteracy (ANLCI – Agence Nationale de Lutte Contre L’Illetrisme) will launch the 2015 edition of the initiative on International Literacy Day (8 - 13 September). Activities will include “open door” events, exhibitions, debates, presentations, concerts, screenings and visits, and will take place in both Metropolitan France and the Overseas Territories. More

Lyon: Agence Nationale de Lutte Contre L’Illetrisme
On 10 September Lyon welcomes actors and other decision-makers from countries across Europe to a meeting that sets out to combat workplace illiteracy. They will launch the “Illettrisme info service” public information number for the Literacy@Work project. The main goal of the initiative is to develop and improve the quality of workplace literacy training delivered in Europe, both for first-level employees and for business performance of companies. More

Giessen: International Literacy Day Campaign
Giessen will be hosting an International Literacy Campaign. Educational institutions of the DGB of Hessen (Federation of Trade Unions), the Arbeiterwohlfahrt (Workers’ Welfare Association), and the Employer’s Federation will have information booths on the street from 3pm to 6pm on 8 September. The Forward Theatre group will also be a part of the campaign to actively involve the passers-by. In addition, the local media will be covering the campaign.

Nairobi, Kenya: UNESCO regional event in Eastern Africa (tbc)
UNESCO’s Regional Office for Eastern Africa will organise a series of activities in Kenya and across the region to celebrate International Literacy Day. The occasion will also serve to reflect on the progress made and the work that remains to be done in respect of the corresponding Education for All goal (EFA Goal 4): “Achieving a 50 per cent improvement in levels of adult literacy by 2015, especially for women, and equitable access to basic and continuing education for all adults”. More

Mozambique: Ministry of Education and Human Development with the support of the UNESCO National Office to Mozambique
The Government of Mozambique celebrates International Literacy Day across the country on a yearly basis, while there is also a national high-level ceremony to mark the occasion (this year, said ceremony will take place in Sanga, Niassa, with the participation of the Vice-Minister of Education).

This event will also mark the 50th anniversary of the World Congress of Ministers of Education on the Eradication of Illiteracy (Islamic Republic of Iran, 1965), which made the Tehran recommendation on the proclamation of the International Literacy Day and advanced the notion of functional literacy. As in previous years, the 2015 UNESCO International Literacy Prizes Awards Ceremony will also take place - See more at:


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