International Literacy Day

International Literacy Day - 8 Mahuru (September)

Adult Learners' Week - He Tangata Mātauranga - 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 37 adult literacy providers that we call Ngā Poupou, located from the north of the North Island to the south of the South Island.  In 2015, 7,776 students were enrolled in our learning programmes.

Any articles from local or national newspapers featuring our Poupou can be found in our News Releases section of the website.

​Reading the Past, Writing the Future - 50th Anniversary of International Literacy Day

"The world has changed since 1966 – but our determination to provide every woman and man with the skills, capacities and opportunities to become everything they wish, in dignity and respect, remains as firm as ever. Literacy is a foundation to build a more sustainable future for all."      UNESCO Director-General     

This year marks the 50th anniversary of International Literacy Day and UNESCO is celebrating it under the banner “Reading the Past, Writing the Future”. International Literacy Day 2016 celebrates and honours the past five decades of national and international engagement, efforts and progress made to increase literacy rates around the world. It also addresses current challenges and looks to innovative solutions to further boost literacy in the future. more...