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.
Théme 2015 : Alphabétisation et sociétés durables.
Tema 2015 : La alfabetización y las sociedades sostenibles.
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.
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 EventTogether 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 SeptemberThe 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 IlliteracyAfter 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. MoreLyon: Agence Nationale de Lutte Contre L’IlletrismeOn 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 CampaignGiessen 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 MozambiqueThe 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: http://en.unesco.org/events/international-literacy-day-2015-literacy-and-sustainable-societies#sthash.KfObqHbC.dpuf
- The Dhaka Declaration (PDF)
- ACCU-UNESCO ESD Innovation Programme
- Signposts to literacy for sustainable development
- Education for Sustainable Development and Life Skills
- Education for Sustainable Development: Linking Learning and Happiness
- Education for Sustainable Development - building a better, fairer world for the 21st century
- ESD+TVET: promoting skills for sustainable development
- Literacy and Sustainable Developmen