Happy International Literacy Day

UNESCO has proclaimed September 8 as International Literacy Day. Literacy is a complex issue and defining it can be tricky. Just about every country in the world has its own definition of literacy.

In Canada, literacy is defined in broad terms. It includes 9 Literacy and Essential Skills.

These skills are:

  • Reading text
  • Document use
  • Numeracy
  • Writing
  • Oral communication
  • Working with others
  • Continuous learning
  • Thinking skills
  • Computer use

How are you celebrating International Literacy Day?


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Sarah Elaine Eaton is a faculty member in the Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary, Canada.


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