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International Literacy Day

8 September every year: Reminding us of the global importance of literacy.

For over 40 years now, UNESCO has been celebrating International Literacy Day by reminding the international community that literacy is a human right and the foundation of all learning.

The issue of literacy is a key component of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. One of the targets of Sustainable Development Goal 4 is ensuring all young people achieve literacy and numeracy and that adults who lack these skills are given the opportunity to acquire them.

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Start date: 2020-09-08