World Vision International

International Literacy Day

September 8 is UNESCO’s International Literacy Day, which recognizes literacy as a human right and the cornerstone for development.

Globally, 250 million children – including many of the most vulnerable – are not learning basic literacy and numeracy skills even though half have attended school for at least four years.[1]

In order to reach the new SDG target to, “ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning,” global leaders must refocus on the role of education in poverty reduction. We must ensure that children are not only in school but are learning when they get there.

Giving Literacy a Boost

Literacy unlocks human potential and is the cornerstone of development. It leads to better health, better employment opportunities, and safer and more stable societies. Developing literacy skills in the early years is crucial to a child’s success in school and later in life.

World Vision works with communities and families to ensure that children – including the most vulnerable – access quality education and achieve functional levels of literacy.

Staff perspectives

What's your favourite book?

Ahead of International Literacy Day, we spoke to children and asked them, “What is your favourite book?” Watch the video to find out.


[2] UNESCO Global Monitoring Report 2013/2014 pg. 18