World-wide, the International Literacy Day (ILD) was celebrated by UNESCO a couple of weeks ago on September 8th. This year, the focus was pointed towards ‘Literacies For The 21st Century’. We’ve talked a lot about this type of thing: 21st Century Skills, 21st Century Teachers, 21st Century Lesson Plans, and 21st Century Learning. We know that the literacies needed for our ever globalizing, technology infused world expand beyond the basic ability to read and write that the word ‘literacy’ often indicates.
But we have to start somewhere in order to build these types of literacies upon one another. If we don’t start with the basics, they cannot be built upon. The video below is based on an infographic describing adult and youth literacy rates, indicated by gender, region and country. The original infographic was created for the UNESCO Institute for Statistics by Elkano Data. It offers some really interesting data and surprising statistics about world literacy.