Since 1967, International Literacy Day celebrations have taken place annually around the world on the 8th of September, to remind the public of the importance of literacy as a matter of dignity and human rights.


It is an opportunity for Governments, civil society and stakeholders to highlight improvements in the world literacy rates, and reflect on the worlds remaining literacy challenges, and to advance the literacy agenda towards a more literate and sustainable society.

This year’s theme is “Literacy and skills development”, it explores integrated approaches that simultaneously support the development of literacy and skills, to ultimately improve people’s lives and work and contribute to equitable and sustainable societies.


People at the World Assembly of Youth (WAY), believe that literacy is a passage to an untouchable facet of the world. Literacy is, in fact, not only a basic human right; it is also a fundamental building block for learning as well as an individual empowerment tool.

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