International Literacy Day is an international observance, celebrated each year on 8 September, that was declared by UNESCO on 26 October 1966 at the 14th session of UNESCO's General Conference. It was celebrated for the first time in 1967. Its aim is to highlight the importance of literacy to individuals, communities and societies. This day is celebrated to mark the importance of literacy and to remind that literacy is a right.
Celebrations take place in several countries. This year's theme for World Literacy Day is “Literacy for a Human-centred Recovery: Narrowing the Digital Divide”.