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International Literacy Day 2020


September 8 is International Literacy Day. Hashtag: #LiteracyDay

International Literacy Day brings together governments, multi- and bilateral organizations, private sectors, communities, NGOs, teachers, learners, and experts in the field. There are new challenges of literacy teaching and learning amid COVID19. Planeta.com will be curating tweets, videos, and other new resources. Kudos to UNESCO and friends around the world working toward improving our collective wisdom. Cheers to lifelong learning and sharing lessons learned along the way.

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  • How do you translate ‘International Literacy Day’ in other languages?
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  • 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?

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


International Literacy Day (ILD) 2020 will focus on Literacy teaching and learning in the COVID-19 crisis and beyond with a focus on the role of educators and changing pedagogies. The theme will highlight literacy learning in a lifelong learning perspective and therefore mainly focus on youth and adults. The recent Covid-19 crisis has been a stark reminder of the existing gap between policy discourse and reality: a gap that already existed in the pre-Covid-19 era and is negatively affecting the learning of youth and adults who have no or low literacy skills and therefore tend to face multiple disadvantages. During Covid-19, in many countries, adult literacy programmes were absent in the initial education response plans, so the majority of adult literacy programmes that did exist were suspended with just a few courses continuing virtually, through TV and radio, or in open air spaces.  What is the impact of the Covid-19 crisis on youth and adult literacy educators and teaching and learning? What are the lessons learnt? How can we effectively position youth and adult literacy learning in global and national responses and in strategies for the recovery and resilience-building phase? 

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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