International Literacy Day 2011

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The theme of this year’s International Literacy Day, celebrated world-wide on 8 September, is ‘Literacy for peace.’ Research conducted by UNESCO’s Institute for Statistics shows that 793 million adults – mainly girls and women – are unable to read or write. A further 67 million primary school aged children do not attend school and 72 million of secondary school age are unable to fulfill their right to an education. UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova has issued a message on the importance of literacy, noting that ‘Lasting peace is founded on respect for human rights and social justice. Literacy, the foundation of all education and lifelong learning, is one of these rights.’

  In New Zealand, Hagley Adult Literacy Centre in Christchurch are marking International Literacy Day by presenting their learners with dictionaries, kindly donated by the Hamilton Altrusa Club. You can read more on their website.