September 8, 2011

International Literacy Day

Today is International Literacy Day [September 8].

Around the world, literacy remains an elusive target: almost 800 million adults lack minimum literacy skills which means that about one in six adults is still not literate; 67.4 million children are out-of-school and many more attend irregularly or drop out.

This year’s International Literacy Day, celebrated world-wide on 8 September, will focus on the link between literacy and peace. During a ceremony in New Delhi, India, UNESCO will award international literacy prizes to projects in Burundi, Mexico, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and the United States of America. 


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