International Literacy Day - September 8
Fri, Sep 8, 2023

International Literacy Day

International Literacy Day is celebrated every year at the beginning of fall, namely on September 8th. The holiday was founded with one goal – to draw attention to the problem of illiteracy in society, which exists even in the 21st century. The holiday was founded by the United Nations in 1966 with one mission – so that society does not forget literacy is the right of every person. Leverage a variety of platforms that provide knowledge and learning opportunities.


Despite the fact that today the percentage of the world’s literate population is increasing, the pace of this process is insufficient. Illiteracy remains a serious social problem today. Unfortunately, 750 million adults in the world cannot read. Illiteracy is a real scourge that does not spare any nation or culture. For example, in the United States, there are about 32 million people who cannot read or write. However, the development of modern society is impossible without these skills.

Interesting Facts

  • Literacy is education, the ability to read and write, as per the definition is given by Miriam-Webster’s dictionary.
  • International Literacy Day was first proposed by the participants of the World Conference of Ministers of Education, dedicated to the eradication of illiteracy. The event took place in Tehran in 1965.
  • Learning is daily brain training. Daily reading, writing, and working with numbers trains the brain, slows down the aging process, and the development of dementia, like Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Lack of literary skills does not allow a person to lead a full social life and contribute to society.
  • Without the appropriate education, a person will have appropriate career advancement.

How to take part

Review your books and take some of them to elementary libraries. By doing this, you will support the interest of children in learning and acquiring new knowledge. Giving books is the best gift on International Literacy Day. Open a small library in your area by collecting books from relatives and friends and letting other people read them. Invite library members to share literature. The first such library was opened in 2009 in the city of Hudson.

When is International Literacy Day in 2023?

International Literacy Day is observed on September 8 each year.


Weekday Month Day Year
Friday September 8 2023
Sunday September 8 2024
Monday September 8 2025
Tuesday September 8 2026