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Reading the Past, Writing the Future

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 honors 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.

International Literacy Day will be celebrated all around the world. The main global celebration of the day will take place at UNESCO Headquarters, Paris in the form of a two-day conference on 8 - 9 September, the highlight of which will be the awarding of the Literacy Prizes. At the same time the Global Alliance for Literacy (GAL) will be launched, a new and ambitious initiative to make all major stakeholders pull together to promote literacy as a foundation for lifelong learning.

For more on this you can visit the UNESCO official website

For Twaweza, International Literacy Day marks an important moment to highlight the challenges facing our education systems in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. For five years, Uwezo at Twaweza has been collecting data on the literacy and numeracy skills of children aged 6 to 16 in these three countries. You can read the latest reports here:

Kenya

Tanzania

Uganda

You can also learn how we assess children's literacy and numeracy skills through this series of videos.

And all the data Uwezo have collected over the years are also available online.

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