The United Nations Education, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) declared September 8th International Literacy Day during their 14th session in 1966. However, it wasn’t until 1967 before it was first celebrated. The purpose of this observances is meant to promote literacy in order to improve conditions not only for individuals and their communities, but for society as a whole.
“The focus on literacy as a tool for meaningful engagement with society makes sense. As our population expands and technology breaks down ever more barriers between us, the ability to communicate and interact with those around us becomes even more important.”https://ncte.org/blog/2020/03/literacy-just-reading-writing
An easy way that you make a difference in the battle for literacy is to instill the love of the written word in a child. Early literacy can be accomplished simply by sharing time together, reading books. Perhaps that’s a perfect way to celebrate today!