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International Literacy Day – September 8

September 8 is International Literacy Day!

International Literacy Day was created by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to promote the importance of literacy and to raise people’s awareness of literacy issues both in their own communities and around the world.

According to UNESCO, 67.4 children are not in school, as of 2011, and more children are dropping out every day. However, literacy issues don’t just surround children. UNESCO also reports that one in six adults is still not literate and that 796 million adults do not have minimum literacy skills.

Find out more about how UNESCO works to improve literacy on International Literacy and throughout the year at unesco.org.

 

Sources: holidayinsights.com, unesco.org, timeanddate.com
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