International Literacy Day falls annually on September 8th! This holiday celebrates literacy across the globe and strives to raise awareness of the world’s literacy issues that millions of people face daily.
The holiday was established by the United Nations Educational, Scientific & Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 1965 to combat the struggle of illiteracy.
Although literacy rates have steadily increased over the last 50 years, there are still 773 million illiterate adults across the globe according to UNESCO. And most of these underprivileged areas consist of women.
Literacy isn’t simply about being able to read and write; It’s a vital component in education and has the potential to open millions of doors for people who desperately need it. Many people in underdeveloped countries lack the opportunity to achieve an education, but thanks to UNESCO and World Literacy Day countless more doors are being opened every single day.
Let’s empower individuals to pursue literacy and education! Click here to learn more about literacy with UNESCO.
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