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International Literacy Day 2018


September 8 is International Literacy Day. Hashtag: #LiteracyDay

International Literacy Day is celebrated annually worldwide and brings together governments, multi- and bilateral organizations, NGOs, private sectors, communities, teachers, learners, and experts in the field.

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Translating: International Literacy Day
Spanish: Día Internacional de la Alfabetización
Chinanteco de San Felipe Usila (México): jm quieh a he ma jyi
Chinanteco de Sochiapam (México): Jmáɨ¹ quioh²¹ Jú¹jma²
Quechua (Bolivia): Yachana Jatun Punchay
Nyungar (Australia): Nidja Kedela Boolala Moort Bibbul Djinanginy (this day lots of people/family are looking at paper/bark)
Estonian: Rahvusvaheline Kirjaoskuse Päev


  • How do you translate ‘International Literacy Day’ in other languages?
  • Is there a calendar of events celebrating Literacy Day?
  • How digitally literate are our governments, organizations and institutions?
  • Who are the literacy champions on Twitter?
  • For UNESCO: What would UNESCO like us to know about its work?
  • Will the live video be archived online? Will the video be made available to embed on other websites?
  • What are the connections among literacy and open access and open education?



This year’s theme is ‘Literacy and skills development.’ Focusing on youth and adults within the lifelong learning, the effective linkages between literacy and skills will be explored.

September 8 was declared International Literacy Day by UNESCO on November 17, 1965. Its aim is to highlight the importance of literacy to individuals, communities and societies. Celebrations take place around the world.

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