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Tomorrow is International Literacy Day!

Tomorrow, September 8th,  was proclaimed International Literacy Day by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on November 17, 1965. Since its inception in 1946 UNESCO has fought to keep literacy high on national, regional and international agendas with the overarching goal of highlighting the importance of literacy for individuals, communities and societies. International Literacy Day is an attempt to remind the international community of the problem of illiteracy worldwide; that currently one in six adults worldwide do not know how to read or write and  67.4 million children are out of school. Unfortunately, despite UNESCO’s valiant efforts, illiteracy is still an international problem with clear connections to severe poverty and prejudice against women (two thirds of illiterate adults worldwide are women).

This year’s focus is on the link between literacy and peace and will be celebrated by a ceremony in New Delhi, India where UNESCO will award the international Confucius and King Sejong literacy awards to projects in Burundi, Mexico, the Democratic Republic of Congo and in the U.S.
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