International Literacy Day 2019
Date posted: September 5, 2019
September 8th is International Literacy Day. This annual celebration is a reminder of the importance of literacy as a matter of dignity and human rights. The focus of International Literacy Day 2019 is Literacy and Multilingualism, complementing the 2019 International Year of Indigenous Languages.
Our world is rich and diverse with about 7,000 living languages. These languages are instruments for communication, engagement in lifelong learning, and participation in society and the world of work. They are also closely linked with distinctive identities, cultures, worldviews, and knowledge systems. Embracing linguistic diversity in education and literacy development is therefore a key part of developing inclusive societies that respect “diversity” and “difference”, upholding human dignity. Audrey Azoulay, Director General of UNESCO on the occasion of International Literacy Day 2019