"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 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