Making a case for literacy as a foundation for lifelong learning


1 October 2013

Around 100 participants from UNESCO Member States, international partners and academia participated in the 2013 International Literacy Day celebrations which took place at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris on 9–10 September 2013. Five UNESCO literacy prizes were awarded to exemplary projects in Bangladesh, Chad, Côte d’Ivoire, India and Namibia.

In a colloquium on “Advancing towards a literate 21st century”, UIL launched the second Global Report on Adult Learning and Education (GRALE), making a case for addressing the literacy challenge from a perspective of lifelong and life-wide learning.

Participants discussed the proposed initiative of a Global Coalition for a Literate World with the aim of creating a multi-stakeholder partnership coordinated by UNESCO to advance the literacy agenda. UIL will provide further support in shaping this initiative. Three of the winners of UNESCO’s 2013 literacy prize are featured in UNESCO’s Effective Literacy & Numeracy Practices Database.