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EPALE celebrates International Literacy Day 2015

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Literacy Day

What is International Literacy Day?

International Literacy Day is celebrated on 8 September to raise awareness of the importance of youth and adult literacy across the world.

In 2015 the global adult illiteracy rate is projected to reach 13.9%, with over 781 million adults across the world unable to read or write. That translates to one in five people, with more than half of that figure comprised of women.

EPALE loves literacy

With the help of our partner, the European Basic Skills Network (EBSN), and our 30 national teams across Europe, EPALE has been hard at work promoting literacy and other life skills across Europe.

We’ll be celebrating International Literacy Day on 8 September with a range of activities and exclusive articles on literacy. There will be content published in the various language versions, so make sure you don’t miss out!

EPALE exclusive: a live panel discussion on literacy

On 8 September, 13:00 CET, EPALE will host a live online discussion (in English) on how to improve adult literacy in Europe. EPALE users can ask experts their questions get involved in the discussion in real time. If you haven’t already, register now to the EPALE community! To get an email or iCAL alert as the live panel starts, click "Join" here or in the "soonfeed" below.

EPALE, Europe and Literacy Day 2015

We’ll be publishing articles written by experts and guest bloggers in the sector from France, the UK, Poland, Romania, Sweden, Germany, the Czech Republic and other countries, as well as resources, videos, case studies and examples of best practice.

The national EPALE teams are holding various events across Europe such as the conference of the French National Agency Against Illiteracy on 10 September in Lyon (France), and the ‘Celebration of International Literacy Day’ in Ireland, as well as different literacy events organised by libraries in Sweden.

How you can take part

Just log into your EPALE account and visit the platform regularly between 8–17 September to view our exclusive content. If you’re not already an EPALE member, register now to be part of a community of over 6000 adult education professionals across Europe and to take part in the online discussion on 8 September, at 13:00 CET.

Don’t forget to follow EPALE on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest content and news! And keep a  lookout for EPALE’s national social media pages for more news from where you are.

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  • Ajda Turk's picture

    Slovenian adult educators will meet at Slovenian Institute for Adult Education in Ljubljana and together watch the panel. Surely we will collaborate in the panel with our questions and comments. More about 'our' event on EPALE_SI:;

  • Richard MEDIC's picture

    The EPALE Community Team is testing a new feature called a "soonfeed". It's a way to discover and get alerts to what's happening soon online (a bit like a TV guide for the web). If you have any questions or feedback please write to me at

    UPDATE: The live panel has just ended so I've removed the soonfeed timeline from this page. If you joined any other happenings you will still get an alert. Thanks to those who joined!