UNESCO's Literacy Day Events and Prizes

"At a time when we need to reinvent a world of hope, literacy is more important than ever. On this International Day, I thus invite all those involved in education to redouble their investments and mobilize all their resources to unleash the potential of each individual in the service of a shared world."

— Audrey Azoulay, UNESCO Director General, on the occasion of International Literacy Day

UNESCO's International Literacy Day (ILD) 2020 will focus on Literacy teaching and learning in the COVID-19 crisis and beyond with a focus on the role of educators and changing pedagogies. The theme will highlight literacy learning in a lifelong learning perspective and therefore mainly focus on youth and adults.

Visit the following links to learn more about how UNESCO is marking the day:

2020 Laureates of UNESCO Literacy Prizes

The winners of UNESCO International Literacy Prizes were announced by the Director-General of UNESCO on 1 September 2020, following the recommendations of an international jury.

The UNESCO King Sejong Literacy Prize was awarded to:

  • ‘Ageing Nepal’ in Nepal for its ‘Basic Literacy Class for Older Persons’ programme

  • ‘United World Schools’ in United Kingdom for its ‘Providing Non-Burmese Speaking Out-of-School Children with Access to Education’ programme

The UNESCO Confucius Prize for Literacy was awarded to:

  • ‘Just Commit Foundation’ in Ghana for its ‘Inspirational Business Stories’ programme

  • ‘University Center for Social Participation’ in Mexico for its ‘Literacy programme: learning by teaching’

  • ‘General Literacy Office in Sanaa’ in Yemen for its ‘Educating and integrating refugees in literacy classes in Yemeni society’ programme

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