Literacy

Promoting the power of literacy for all

UNESCO has been working to realize the vision of literacy for all since 1946 in the belief that acquiring and improving literacy skills throughout life is an intrinsic part of the right to education and brings with it huge empowerment and benefits. But despite progress globally, 771 million young people and adults still cannot read and write. Literacy drives sustainable development, enables greater participation in the labour market, improves child and family health and nutrition, reduces poverty and expands life opportunities. UNESCO’s approach to literacy continues to evolve as the definition of what it means to be literate changes in an increasingly digitalized world.  

UNESCO International Literacy Day and Prizes 2022: transforming literacy learning spaces: background paper
2022
UNESCO
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5th global report on adult learning and education: citizenship education: empowering adults for change
UIL
2022
UNESCO
0000381666
Integrated approaches to literacy and skills development: examples of best practice in adult learning programmes
UIL
2021
UNESCO
0000378051
Inclusive lifelong learning in cities: policies and practices for vulnerable groups
UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning
2021
UNESCO
0000379538