September 8 was declared International Literacy Day (ILD) by UNESCO on November 17, 1965. Its aim is to highlight the importance of literacy in our daily lives and bringing awareness to the issues around illiteracy.
On this day, the World Literacy Foundation promotes and sustains the importance of literacy to the international community and public consciousness. The World Literacy Foundation celebrates International Literacy Day all around the globe, bringing together governments, NGOs, businesses, communities and schools.
Each year on International Literacy Day the World Literacy Foundation partners with schools around the globe to create greater awareness, education and understanding with students on the importance of literacy in their lives. We encourage schools to run ILD themed activities and fundraisers to give students the opportunity to discover the joys of reading while raising awareness for those without access to education.