International Literacy Day (IDL) has been celebrated around the world since 1967. It is a reminder to the public of the importance of literacy and of the challenges many people still face with reading and writing. This year’s theme is ‘Literacy and multiculturalism’ which ties in with the ‘International Year of Indigenous Languages’.
“Our world is rich and diverse with about 7,000 living languages. These languages are instruments for communication, engagement in lifelong learning, and participation in society and the world of work. They are also closely linked with distinctive identities, cultures, world views, and knowledge systems. Embracing linguistic diversity in education and literacy development is therefore a key part of developing inclusive societies that respect “diversity” and “difference”, upholding human dignity”.
Audrey Azoulay, Director General, Message on the occasion of the International Literacy Day.