International Literacy Day
Literacy is a cause for celebration since there are now close to four billion literate people in the world. However, literacy for all – children, youth and adults - is still an unaccomplished goal and an ever moving target. A combination of ambitious goals, insufficient and parallel efforts, inadequate resources and strategies, and continued underestimation of the magnitude and complexity of the task accounts for this unmet goal. Lessons learnt over recent decades show that meeting the goal of universal literacy calls not only for more effective efforts but also for renewed political will and for doing things differently at all levels - locally, nationally and internationally.
International Literacy Day was established in 1965 by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), and is celebrated around the world each year on 8 September. In 1990, the United Nations General Assembly gave a boost to world literacy by proclaiming International Literacy Year. This special Year signified the ongoing commitment of the world community to recognize and support literacy as a key to personal development and to the socio-economic progress of nations.
In its resolution
A/RES/56/116, the General Assembly proclaimed the ten year period beginning
The photo shows the Mongolian Ambassador to the UN, Jargalsaikhany Enkhsaikhan leading a discussion with leaders from UNESCO, IRA, World Bank, U.S. Dept. of Education, and VALUE (an adult literacy organization) on the occasion of International Literacy Day 2002.
2002 Literacy for Diversity: Voices of Resilience
2003 Literacy and Gender
2004 Literacy and Gender
2005 Literacy and sustainable development
2006 Literacy sustains development
2007 Literacy, key to good health and well-being
2008 Literacy is the best remedy
The Literacy section on the UNESCO website.
Stamp catalogue - 1976
Stamp catalogue - 1983