Case Study #3: International Literacy Day
Every September 8th, the United Nations recognizes International Literacy Day. The International Literacy Day observance is the brainchild of UNESCO, itself a U.N. organization, which started the event in the 1960s.
Today, Literacy Day features celebrations, a speech by the UNESCO Director-General, awards to people and organizations that have contributed to global literacy, and most importantly, a chance to examine the status of the hundreds of millions of people across the globe who are still illiterate. Each year, Literacy Day uses focuses on a different literacy ‘theme,’ hoping to bring international attention to the plight of the illiterate. UNESCO and its partner organizations that prepare International Literacy Day must be doing something right: millions of people have become educated and literate since the event was started.
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UNESCO Address by Koichiro Matsuura. 2005.
UNESCO: Education: International Literacy Day. 2005.
Let's Celebrate the International Literacy Day. 2005.
UNESCO: Message From Mr. Koichiro Matsurra. 2005.