Literacy Essential for Life

Literacy Essential for Life - International Literacy Day 2022 Literacy Essential for Life - International Literacy Day 2022

Literacy Essential for Life - International Literacy Day 2022

Literacy Essential for Life, International Literacy Day 2022

Young people everywhere should have the right to leave school equipped with the basics: literacy and numeracy skills that equip them for entry-level jobs, skills training or University.  Based on benchmarks, sadly too young people carry the burden of substandard literacy.

The high rates of illiteracy with young people is an disaster and it will increase to affect hundreds of million students around the world by 2030.  Those afflicted, will often leave school early, unable to “read well enough to have a productive career and a full life”.

This month, the World Literacy Foundation launched a taskforce of global companies to channel their brainpowers, resources, people and skills to focus on the eradication of illiteracy in 50 cities around the globe by 2030.

This new initiative of bring corporations, NGO’s and governments to the table to work together to find solutions. It highlights a greater sense of urgency and collaboration required if we are going to stem this problem. 

 The World Literacy Foundation for the past 12 years has been a global voice as a call to action to address illiteracy.  770 million people can’t read a single word, a further 2 billion people struggle to read a sentence.

Every two years, we facilitate the World Literacy Summit at Oxford University to ensure for those working in the area are talking and exchanging research and best practices. 

To be able to read and write is a fundamental human right which lifts employability and productivity in the workplace. With no effective intervention, illiteracy can have a profound lifelong economic cost and social impact to the person, their future opportunities and the wider community.

The upcoming Summit will be an international gathering of over 700 professionals whose main goal is to identify methods, processes and teaching tools and their impact on today’s society. With over 300 speakers, a dedicated workshop program on Sunday, a high impact plenary session on Monday and 40 parallel sessions on Tuesday, the Summit’s impact will be like no other.