Most people take being able to read and write for granted. But worldwide, more than 750 million people lack this ability, according to this infographic from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). To recognize the critical importance of literacy and honor outstanding efforts to promote it, UNESCO established International Literacy Day in 1965. For more than 50 years, the global community has celebrated International Literacy Day on September 8.
The 2017 celebration revolves around the theme “Literacy in a digital world.” On September 8, UNESCO will organize a global event at its headquarters in Paris, France. The event will discuss the literacy needed to navigate increasingly digital societies, and to explore effective literacy policies and programming that can leverage the opportunities that the digital world provides. Learn more here.
In the United States, World Learning has scheduled an event from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 12, on the theme of digital literacy. Presenters from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Education Development Center (EDC), Digital Promise and World Learning will explore the implications of an increasingly digital world for improving literacy across all ages—children, youth and adults. The event will be held at the International Republican Institute, 1225 I (Eye) Street NW, Suite 600, Washington, DC 20005. Click here to learn more and to register.