International Literacy Day 2019


On the 26th October 1966 at the 14th session of UNESCO’s General conference, International Literacy was day was declared to be the 8th September and celebrated for the first time across the world in 1967.

According to UNSECO Institute for Statistics. (Retrieved 24 October 2018), there are approximately 775 million adults whom lack the minimum literacy skills and 60.7 million children are out-of-school.

A report from the 1966 UNESCO’s General conference stated: “The need for the real emancipation of people and for the increasingly active and productive participation, in the economic, social and political life of human society, of the hundreds of millions of illiterate adults still existing in the world, make it essential to change national education policies.”

Adding to the report the UNESCO’s General conference also stated: “National educational plans should include schooling for children and literacy training for adults as parallel elements.”

The goal of the International Literacy Day is to address the significance of literacy to individuals and communities across the globe. Many events and celebrations will take place to help create awareness and will be conducted in-line with the specific theme of the year.

This year’s International Literacy Day (2019) will focus on ‘Literacy and Multilingualism.’ In despite of progress being made, literacy hurdles continue to persist.

As a company that promotes the importance of access to quality education on a global scale, Shamal is a champion for helping increase literacy rates for children around the world. To learn more about International Literacy Day and to find out how you can get involved where you live, visit the United Nations website at