The Literacy Week organised by the European Literacy Network (ELINET), runs from the 8th to the 17th of September 2015. There are 150 events across Europe, including workshops and photo contests.
The UNESCO Institute for Statistics estimates that as many as 757 million adults are unable to read or write a simple sentence, two-thirds of whom are women. It equals half of the population of China, the most populated country in the world. Moreover, while most people would restrict literacy problems to developing countries, they could not be more wrong – on average 11 persons in every European street cannot read or write well.
There is some good news to report: illiteracy rates across the world dropped by 24 million since 2012. Nevertheless, the international community has failed to deliver the promise made in 2000 – that is, to halve adult illiteracy rates by 2015 as part of the Education for All goals.
The Literacy Week is a chance to draw attention to the overwhelming importance of literacy in everyday life. Although the closing event takes place in Brussels, it goes beyond the European capital with 150 events across the continent. These include workshops, readings, photo contests and even interviews… with literary characters. You can find your nearest event by having a look at the events listing at the website of the Literacy Week.