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.


What is International Literacy Day and how can I get involved?