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Literacy is much more than an educational priority—it is the ultimate investment in the future and the first step towards all the new forms of literacy required in the twenty-first century. We wish to see a century where every child is able to read and to use this skill to gain autonomy.
-Irina Bokova, UNESCO Director General
(September 2013) The theme chosen by UNESCO for this year’s International Literacy Day, “Literacies for the 21st Century,” reflects the foundational role of literacy in lifelong learning and the well-being of individuals, families and communities. This year’s celebration also acknowledges the many developing applications of literacy in a world of rapidly changing technology. Celebrations to mark the occasion are held annually on or around 8 September.
For SIL, one highlight of this year’s International Literacy Day celebration was the ceremony honoring recipients of this year’s King Sejong Prizes for Literacy, held at UNESCO’s Paris headquarters. The Federation of Guera Language Associations (Federation des Associations de Promotion des Langues du Guera, FAPLG) received this prestigious award for its dedication to supporting literacy in multilingual contexts. The prize was accepted by FAPLG Director Michel Karim on behalf of the organization. SIL works in partnership with FAPLG to support language development in the Guera region of Chad.
SIL is committed to providing training and support for language development, including mother tongue literacy and multilingual education, in communities around the world. SIL staff participated in a number of International Literacy Day activities.
During celebrations of International Literacy Day in the Solomon Islands, adults and children were invited to write stories that were then compiled into a book for all to see. Participants received a free book of their choosing from the book table.Related links