September 8 marks UNESCO International Literacy Day.
Every year the day raises awareness and concern for literacy problems worldwide.
The day was founded in 1966 “to remind the public of the importance of literacy as a matter of dignity and human rights”.
Per Christchurch City Libraries, in regards to literacy, “over 40% of the adult population in New Zealand struggle to do so well enough to meet the demands of modern life and work.”
International Literacy Day shines a light the challenges of illiteracy, bringing ownership back home to local communities where literacy begins, one person at a time.
This year’s theme is ‘Promoting literacy for a world in transition: Building the foundation for sustainable and peaceful societies’ in the wake of the pandemic and other global incidents.
“Despite steady progress made across the world, literacy challenges persist with at least 763 million young people and adults lacking basic literacy skills in 2020.
“The recent COVID-19 crisis and other crisis, such as climate change and conflicts, have been exacerbating the challenges” says UNESCO.
Visit my.christchurchcitylibraries.com/literacy/ and unesco.org/en/days/literacy for more information.