About International Literacy Day
In 1965, UNESCO declared September 8 International Literacy Day (ILD) in an effort to focus attention on worldwide literacy needs. More than 780 million of the world’s adults (nearly two-thirds of whom are women) do not know how to read or write, and between 94 and 115 million children lack access to education.
This year’s theme, “Lift Off to Literacy,” inspires students to reach for the stars. Starting on September 8, 2014, help students develop a literacy habit by devoting an additional 60 seconds each day for 60 days to literacy activities. We encourage educators to celebrate ILD and share the message that developing a habit of reading, writing, listening, and speaking leads to lifelong literacy success. After all, 60 seconds can change your life!
Links that are in the activity guide.