International Literacy Day, observed annually on September 8, focuses attention on worldwide literacy needs. More than 780 million of the world's adults (nearly two-thirds of whom are women) do not know how to read or write, and between 94 and 115 million children lack access to education.
This year, the International Reading Association has adopted the theme "Invent Your Future." Our goal? To help shine a light on the crucial literacy skills that prime students for success in school, work, and life.
To increase participation from schools, libraries, organizations, and corporations, IRA will observe International Literacy Day on Monday, September 9, 2013, and continue the celebration throughout the month of September.
IRA's 2013 celebration of International Literacy Day begins in Washington, DC on September 9. Please join us if you happen to be in Washington, DC.