International Literacy Day
September 8th was proclaimed as International Literacy Day (ILD) at the 14th session of UNESCO’s General Conference on 26 October 1966. Since 1967, International Literacy Day (ILD) celebrations have taken place annually around the world to remind the public of the importance of literacy as a matter of dignity and human rights, and to advance the literacy agenda towards a more literate and sustainable society. Despite progress made, literacy challenges persist, and at the same time the demands for skills required for work, evolve rapidly.
“Our world is rich and diverse with about 7,000 living languages. These languages are instruments for communication, engagement in lifelong learning, and participation in society and the world of work. They are also closely linked with distinctive identities, cultures, world-views, and knowledge systems. Embracing linguistic diversity in education and literacy development is therefore a key part of developing inclusive societies that respect “diversity” and “difference”, upholding human dignity”.
– Audrey Azoulay, Director General, Message on the occasion of the International Literacy Day
Ideas for Workplaces:
To recognise this event…
- Craft a literacy social post; create slides in an Instagram Gallery that includes a quote from your favourite author and caption it “Celebrating #literacyday.” Or write a blog post on the topic of International Literacy Day — why it is important to your business, how it supports your values, and why you thought it was important to call out. Publish it, and promote it on your social media platforms!
- Actively support literacy; if reading and literacy are close to your heart or the values of your business, use the holiday as an opportunity to generate a cause marketing campaign and actively give back. Global organisations like help2read and READ Global have high ratings for their trustworthiness, and might be a good option for donation. Offer a discount or promotion on your products and/or services, donating a 10% of profits to a literacy organisation.
- Invite a speaker; a local professor, teacher, or author to give a lecture or interactive talk at your office or business location. While it doesn’t have to be “why reading is important” it could be something related to what’s important to read in your industry, or a lecture on a literary topic.
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