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International Literacy Day

In 1966, UNESCO declared September 8 International Literacy Day (ILD), "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." Visit the UNESCO website to learn more about the organization's theme for 2019, "Literacy and Multilingualism."

For this year's ILD, observed on Monday, September 9, ILA released a new position statement: Children's Rights to Excellent Literacy Instruction. It marks a new phase in our Children's Rights to Read initiative, which sets forth 10 rights we believe must be ensured for every child, everywhere. Those rights are now available for download in 16 languages.

Read the new position statement, which identifies the four tenets that guarantee and protect those 10 rights, on rightstoread.org/statement.

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