Happy International Literacy Day!

UNESCO, International Literacy Day, 2021

Happy International Literacy Day…from the San Diego Council on Literacy!

(September 8th is International Literacy Day and September is Literacy Month!)

Since 1967, International Literacy Day celebrations have taken place annually around the world to remind the public of the importance of literacy as a matter of dignity and human rights, and to advance the literacy agenda towards a more literate and sustainable society. Despite progress made, literacy challenges persist with at least 773 million young people and adults lacking basic literacy skills today.

Here’s what you can do on this day, in this week, during this month, any time!

  • Volunteer to be a tutor for a child or adult.
  • Read to children at schools, libraries, and other community locations.
  • Read to seniors who may be alone or have vision loss.
  • Read to your children. Ask your children to read to you.
  • Dedicate one-hour hour every day to family reading.
  • Create incentives for older siblings to read to younger siblings.
  • Donate time, treasure, talent to an SDCOL affiliated program.
  • Sponsor a school.
  • Build a Little Free Library in your neighborhood or restock the Little Free Library near you.
  • Donate new or like-new books for children in low-income communities.
  • Donate to Dolly Parton’s “Imagination Library” program here.
  • Donate to the SDCOL here



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