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 35 adult literacy providers that we call Ngā Poupou, located from the north of the North Island to the south of the South Island.  In 2016, 7,446 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.

Read the 2017 International Literacy Day Literacy Aotearoa Press Release

View Te Tumuaki Bronwyn Yates talking with Duncan Garner on 'the am show' (Newshub) on International Literacy Day.

Read how our members celebrated the day, and the week in Tui Tuia #8 (our monthly newsletter), and below:


The theme of UNESCO’s International Literacy Day on 8 Mahuru (September) 2017, was ‘Literacy in a digital world’, focusing on what kind of literacy skills people need ‘to navigate increasingly digitally-mediated societies, and to explore effective literacy policies and
 programmes that can leverage the opportunities that the digital world provides.’

‘..Just as knowledge, skills and competencies evolve in the digital world, so does what it means to be literate. In order to close the literacy skills gap and reduce inequalities, this year’s International Literacy Day will highlight the challenges and opportunities in promoting literacy in the digital world, a world where, despite progress, at least 758 million adults and 263 million outof-school children still lack basic literacy skills.’
Posters can be downloaded from the UNESCO website: http://en.unesco.org/themes/literacy-all/literacy-day