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15 Best Quotes of International Literacy Day 2020

International Literacy Day, celebrated annually on 8 September, is an opportunity for Governments, civil society and stakeholders to highlight improvements in world literacy rates, and reflect on the world's remaining literacy challenges.

International Literacy Day

Who is the founder of International Literacy Day?

UNESCO created International Literacy Day in 1967 to bring attention to this issue and it has been celebrated annually on 8th September ever since. The main event held in Paris includes an awards ceremony where UNESCO recognizes and rewards individuals and organizations who strive to improve literacy around the world.

What is the importance of literacy day?

The aim of ILD is to promote the importance of literacy as a matter of dignity and human rights and to advance the literacy agenda towards a more literate and sustainable society.

How do we celebrate International Literacy Day?

International Literacy Day Activities
  • Donate books to local classrooms. Elementary school classroom libraries always need fresh reading material to keep young students interested in reading. ...

  • Gift a book. Children are naturally curious about the world around them. ...

  • Start a community lending library.

What is the world literacy rate?

The global literacy rate for all people aged 15 and above is 86.3%. The global literacy rate for all males is 90.0% and the rate for all females is 82.7%.

10 most educated country in the world

1. Russia: The country with the highest literacy rate in Russia with almost 53% of the population has tertiary education. It is estimated that 95% of adults in Russia have higher secondary education and the country spends some 4.9% of GDP on education.

2. Canada: With an education expenditure of some 6.6% of GDP, Canada has the highest proportion of career and skill-based education. The country boasts an overall 51.3% of literacy rate in the population with tertiary education.

3. Japan: Although the country spends a small portion of the GDP on education, nearly 5% of it, Japan has 46% of the population with tertiary education.

4. Israel: Israel spends some 7.5% of the GDP on education and boasts a literacy rate of 46%. Men and women in Israel, in the age group of 18 to 21 and 18 to 20 respectively are required to join the military.

5. United States of America: With a literacy rate of 43%, United States stands 5th in the list. Education expenditure of the country is some 7% of GDP, with an annual growth rate of 1.4% for 2000-2011.

6. South Korea: South Koreans have a good record of placement after receiving education. The country has a literacy rate of 40% with an education expenditure of 8% of GDP.

7. New Zealand: It is estimated that more than 15% of the adult population of New Zealand receives some kind of college education. This small nation spends 7% of its GDP on education and has a literacy rate of 39%.

8. United Kingdom: 40% of the population in United Kingdom have tertiary education, which are mostly funded by private sources, as estimated in the year 2010. The country spends 7% of the GDP on education.

9. Finland: The education system in the country is said to be very effective as measured from the performance of secondary students. Finland spends some 7% of the GDP on education that goes beyond secondary school. 39% of the population in Finland has tertiary education.

10. Australia: The country has always been a hotspot for international students and they constitute almost 25% of the population of Australia, as measured during the year 2009. 38% of the population has tertiary education in Australia which spends some 6% of the GDP on education.

15+ Inspiring Quotes on International Literacy Day

  • Literacy is a bridge from misery to hope. ~Kofi Annan

  • Education is the most powerful weapon with which you can change the world. ~Nelson Mandela

  • Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world. ~Malala Yousafzi

  • You educate a man; you educate a man. You educate a woman; you educate a generation. ~Brigham Young

  • Whatever the cost of our libraries, the price is cheap compared to that of an ignorant nation. ~Walter Cronkite

  • The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you. ~B.B. King

  • Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever. ~Gandhi

  • Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire. ~W.B. Yeats

  • There are many little ways to enlarge your child’s world. Love of books is the best of all. ~Jacqueline Kennedy

  • Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all. ~Aristotle

  • “Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.”
― Frederick Douglass

  • “People don't realize how a man's whole life can be changed by one book.”
― Malcolm X

  • “There is no such thing as a child who hates to read; there are only children who have not found the right book.”
― Frank Serafini

  • “Whenever you read a good book, somewhere in the world a door opens to allow in more light.”
― Vera Nazarian


  • “There are but twenty-six letters in the English alphabet, yet I must have read a quadrillion words.”
― Kevin Ansbro

  • “Those who read only books that only entertain them have no significant advantage over those who can but do not read.”
― Mokokoma Mokhonoana

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