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  • Writer's pictureMaría Palomares Tarí


Celebrated annually on September 8th, International Literacy Day was established by UNESCO in 1965 to promote literacy and the importance of reading and writing. Although they could seem as basic skills to many of us, it is estimated that 775 million adults (two-thirds of them are women) lack basic literacy skills. But that’s not all — 250 million children lack also basic reading and writing skills.

International Literacy Day is celebrated every year to raise awareness of the importance of literacy, but also of translation. It is an opportunity to recognize the importance of literacy as a fundamental human right and to promote efforts to ensure access to education and training for all. Translation, at the same time, is an important part of this effort, as it allows for people to access materials and resources in their native language.

Translation and literacy: keys for global cooperation

Translation and literacy are essential for global communication and understanding. They enable people to comprehend different cultures and languages, allowing for greater collaboration and understanding. Translation and literacy also allow for greater access to knowledge and resources, which can be used to foster education and growth. Furthermore, they enable us to appreciate and recognize the value of different cultures and perspectives.

The United Nations has set a goal of achieving universal literacy by 2030. This goal includes providing access to education for all children, adolescents, and adults, regardless of gender, race, or socioeconomic background. Additionally, the UN aims to ensure that everyone has the skills and knowledge necessary to read, write, and use basic numeracy. At the same time, the United Nations' aim for translation is to foster greater understanding and cooperation among its member states by enabling them to communicate and exchange information in their native languages. Additionally, translation enables the United Nations to ensure that all voices are heard and that all perspectives can be taken into account when making decisions.


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