International Literacy Day - 8 Mahuru (September) 

International Literacy Day (ILD) in Aotearoa New Zealand falls within Adult Learners' Week – He Tangata Mātauranga (ALW-HTM) and is celebrated by Literacy Aotearoa every year. 
Literacy Aotearoa is a national organisation with 44 adult literacy providers that we call Ngā Poupou, located from the north of the North Island to the south of the South Island.  In 2013, more than 8,000 students were enrolled in our learning programmes.
Travelling Books
Each year for the past four years Literacy Aotearoa has worked in collaboration with New Zealand Post and an ever-growing number of publishing houses to select, purchase, label and distribute brand new books to Ngā Poupou to release into their local communities during Adult Learners' Week – He Tangata Mātauranga.

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See media from ILD & ALW-HTM

To see the report on how Literacy Aotearoa member providers celebrated the day, click here

How can you celebrate ILD?

Try out some of these activities to celebrate and continue to practice literacy and essential skills every day:

  1. Read a book to a child
  2. Have a child read a book to an adult
  3. Play a game of Scrabble or Boggle
  4. Look up and learn a new word in Te Reo Māori or English (and continue to do so every day for a month!)
  5. Use a new form of technology (Smartphone, self‐serve checkout, etc.)
  6. Take ten minutes to read (for enjoyment) at any time of day (or night)
  7. Write a letter to an old friend – using pen and paper, and send it in the post
  8. Take a professional development course
  9. Join a social media platform – Linked In, Facebook, Twitter, etc.
  10. Share this list with friends and coworkers – and dare them to take the challenge!

*With thanks to ABC Life Literacy (Canada) for this idea.

Background - United Nations (UN) International Literacy Day

"On International Literacy Day each year, UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation) reminds the international community of the status of literacy and adult learning globally.  This day was first celebrated on September 8, 1966









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