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
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.