Who declared International Literacy Day and why?
International Literacy Day, sometimes called World Literacy Day, is an international observance and is celebrated every year on 8 September. International Literacy Day was established during the World Conference of Ministers of Education in Iran’s capital Tehran in 1965. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) proclaimed this day as International Literacy Day in 1966. The intention was to remind people all over the world that the ability to read and write is a human right and a matter of dignity. The first International Literacy Day was celebrated in 1967.
How did we celebrate?
Sun Books team organized a virtual event connecting pupils, parents and teachers from Nigeria, Uganda and Kenya. We shared a reading session and had the chance to hear from the beneficiaries.
During the event we were accompanied by more than 500 children who actively participate in the program. We had a reading space for reading aloud from each country. Also, we were able to hear about the experience of some teachers and we understood the positive impact of Sun Books in each classroom.
If you missed the event, you can watch the recording here: Recording International Literacy Day Virtual Event