On 8 September 2018, International Literacy Day will be celebrated around the world with the theme ‘Literacy and skills development’. Despite progress made, literacy challenges persist, and at the same time the demands for skills required for work, evolve rapidly. This year, ILD explores and highlights integrated approaches that simultaneously can support the development of literacy and skills, to ultimately improve people’s life and work and contribute to equitable and sustainable societies.
The history of International Literacy Day
September 8th was declared International Literacy Day by UNESCO on October 26th 1966. Its aim is to highlight the importance of literacy to individuals, communities and societies. Celebrations take place in several countries.
What is UNESCO doing to celebrate?
UNESCO is holding an International Conference on ‘Literacy and Skills Development’ in Paris on 7th September 2018. It will explore ways to make effective connections between literacy and technical and vocational skills in policies, practice, systems and governance.
Focusing on youth and adults within the lifelong learning framework, the effective linkages between literacy and skills will be explored.
The renewed focus on integrated approaches is grounded, on the one hand, in persistent literacy and skills challenges. However, on the other, in the new skills demands and impetus generated by the current context of globalization, digitization and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
If you are interested in finding out more, you can read the concept note from UNESCO here.
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