International Literacy Day Events in Cambodia with UNESCO support

Every September 8, the global community comes together to celebrate International Literacy Day, an occasion when we recognize the importance of literacy as a catalyst for development and a force for peace. We use this occasion to assess the progress made advancing literacy opportunities for all and to consider the various challenges that lie ahead in our future pursuits. This year the international theme is “Literacy for Peace” and in Cambodia, the government has chosen to focus further on the importance of literacy in accelerating human and national development with the theme, “Literacy as a Foundation for Development”.

To this end, UNESCO will be collaborating with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports (MoEYS) and partners in a multitude of literacy-promoting activities to celebrate the significant role literacy plays in our everyday lives and country’s development.


  • An official launch event of MoEYS to be held on September 8 in Kandal province with guests ranging from high-level ministry officials to literacy teachers and learners.
  • A televised round table discussion with participation from MoEYS, Ministry of Women’s Affairs, Ministry of Cults and Religion, NGOs and UNESCO – the event will be broadcasted on September 7 and 8 on Cambodian National TV (TVK).
  • High-Level International Round Table on Literacy to be held in Paris from September 6-7, with participation from His Excellency Secretary of State and the Director of the Non-Formal Education Department of MoEYS.
  • The broadcasting of Public Service Announcements (PSAs) featuring importance of literacy, developed by UNESCO and the Royal University of Phnom Penh’s Department of Media and Communications.
  • A televised interview program airing on six national and private channels and featuring an interview with UNESCO Representative Ms. Anne Lemaistre.
  • An opinion column on the state of literacy in Cambodia from UNESCO Representative Ms. Anne Lemaistre, to be published in the Phnom Penh Post and other local newspapers.
  • A nation-wide public relations and media campaign featuring UNESCO “Literacy and Peace” posters as well as posters, banners, and brochures developed by MoEYS.

Over the coming weeks, UNESCO will engage with ministry officials, development partners, educational institutions and the general public in recognizing and supporting literacy promotion as a vital tool for progress and change in Cambodia and around the world.

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