Tuesday, September 8th, is International Literacy Day 2015, the aim of which is to highlight the importance of literacy to individuals, communities and societies. On International Literacy Day each year, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) reminds the international community of the status of literacy and adult learning globally.
The theme of International Literacy Day 2015 is Literacy and Sustainable Societies, with UNESCO identifying literacy as “a key driver for sustainable development. Literacy skills are the prerequisite for the learning of a broader set of knowledge, skills, attitudes and values, required for creating sustainable societies.”
The International Literacy Association (ILA) has produced an infographic that outlines the benefits of literacy:
The ILA has also produced a free activity kit to help students learn about a new culture, broaden their worldview, and inspire collective action.