International Literacy Day -UN’s UNESCO

The laureates will be celebrated on International Literacy Day, on 8 September. September 8th was proclaimed as International Literacy Day (ILD) by UNESCO in 1966 to remind the international community of the importance of literacy for individuals, communities and societies, and the need for intensified efforts towards more literate societies.

What is Literacy?


Literacy is popularly understood as an ability to read and write in at least one method of writing, an understanding reflected by mainstream dictionaries. In this view, illiteracy would be considered to be the inability to read and write.

  • Books contain 50% more rare words than prime-time television.
  • The child who knows four nursery rhymes by age four will naturally be a better reader by age eight.
  • There are 5 types of literacy – Media, Cultural, Financial, Scientific and Information.
  • It is estimated between $106–$238 billion in health care costs a year are linked to low adult literacy skills.  (America).
  • The average American reads 12 books a year, according to Pew Research, but that number is deceiving. The median number of books read per year in the United States is four, meaning half the country reads less than 4 books per year.

Data WorldBank – Literacy rate, adult total (% of people ages 15 and above)