Posted: September 2017
As you are reading this, it is a good reminder of the value and importance of being able to read and write. Today, September 8 was proclaimed International Literacy Day by UNESCO on November 17, 1965. Its aim is to highlight the importance of literacy to individuals, communities and societies. On International Literacy Day each year, UNESCO reminds the international community of the status of literacy and adult learning globally. Celebrations take place around the world.
Some 775 million adults lack minimum literacy skills; one in five adults is still not literate and two-thirds of them are women; 60.7 million children are out-of-school and many more attend irregularly or drop out.
To read more about UNESCO's work in this field, click here.
popular recent storiesAlso in the news
This year's Easter breakfast raised £400 for London's Whitechapel Mission and the homeless they care for. The full English Breakfast with a vegetarian option, cooked and served by the SOS team, is an established part of our Easter tradition. It's a mixture of food and fellowship to start this day of celebration. Served from 9am, there was then ample time for people to attend...
Christian Aid's Chief Executive, Amanda Khozi Mukwashi, is travelling to Washington DC and New York for a series of high level meetings at the World Bank and Finance for Development conference respectively, where she will be promoting the cause of the world's poorest.Amanda will be arguing that the global economic system is broken at the World Bank Spring meetings in Washington DC from...
We live in uncertain times. Does faith in Jesus transform the world for us? How can faith change how we love and understand our neighbours? The time between the first Easter and Pentecost was a time of uncertainty when the disciples were left asking, "What does all this mean?" Life is an uncertain endeavour and our faith in the risen Jesus involves ongoing discovery, which takes time...