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International Literacy Day - September 8th 2023

Posted by Francis Whitehead on September 8, 2023

Text reads "International Literacy Day - 8th September 2023" next to child wearing glasses reading a book

Today is International Literacy Day, a worldwide celebration of all things written and read. UNESCO (The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization), aims to highlight that literacy is a “human right, a tool of personal empowerment, and a means for social and human development”. They also want to remind us that literacy is at the heart of basic education for all and is a fundamental skill to enable your opportunities.

Can you imagine going about your daily life without being able to read or write? Conquering the issue of illiteracy in every local community around the world is what International Literacy Day is all about.

This Year's Theme

For 2023, UNESCO have recognised the rapidly changing global context that had made massive changes in all forms of education and literacy across the world. They've revealed in low- and middle-income countries, the amount of 10-year-old children who could not read and understand a simple text with comprehension has increased from 57 per cent in 2019 to an estimated 70 per cent in 2022.

They also found out in 2020, at least one out of seven youth and adults aged 15 years and over worldwide (763 million) lacked basic literacy skills crucial to personal success.

Therefore, the theme for this year's International Literacy Day 2023 will focus on "Promoting literacy for a world in transition: Building the foundation for sustainable and peaceful societies".

Maybe this might be the only day where you won’t be able to feel bad for correcting someone’s grammar online! Jokes aside, here’s how you can spend International Literacy Day:


Read Your Favourite Book

There’s nothing better than having a quiet moment to yourself at home, all wrapped up in a cosy blanket with a cup of tea by your side, completely engrossed in your favourite book. Whether it be a spectacular crime thriller (the butler did it!) or a side-splitting autobiography (he said WHAT on live television?!), having words on a page be transformed to scenes coming to life before your very eyes is all part of the magic, and is a pleasure that everyone should be able to experience.


Write a Journal or Diary Entry

It can sometimes get to that point of the month where all the days of the week start to merge into one, leaving you dazed and confused as to what you even did yesterday. This is why jotting down and logging your daily activities can be essential in assisting you in your daily life. It can also have a therapeutic effect, with an abundance of benefits. Writing a journal or a diary can help you:

  • Improve writing and communication skills.
  • Achieve goals.
  • Track progress and growth.
  • Gain self-confidence.
  • Reduce stress and anxiety.
  • Find inspiration.
  • Strengthen memory.

So, if you haven’t started, why not try it today?


Ask Your Friends & Family

Today, you can write an email, text, or letter to someone you know, as distant or as close as you like, to ask what they have been reading lately. Try to make it as formal or casual as you can, practicing the different writing styles. You never know, you might just gain some recommendations for your own reading list!


What is Ability Superstore doing?

Other than celebrating with this very blog post, Ability Superstore will be up to their eyes in all kinds of reading material. Maybe I’ll have to get round to actually finishing that book today…

If you need any assistance with reading or writing, Ability Superstore have got just what you need.


LED Folding Desk Light

LED Folding Desk Light

For easy night-time reading or writing, the LED Folding Desk Light is for you. The touch-activated base eliminates the need to find a fiddly switch in the dark, and the light is fully adjustable so you can position it wherever you like. With it’s ultra stylish and sleek modern look, it’s the perfect addition to any desk or bedside table.


Hands Free Magnifier with Neck Cord

Hands Free Magnifier with Neck Cord

This handy item allows you to magnify words on a page without taking up use of your hands. No more awkwardly holding your thumb down the middle of the page! The Hands-Free Magnifier comes with a wearable neck cord, so you simply slip it on and read away. It’s durable, impact-resistant and can magnify up to 2.5x as much. Featuring non-slip feet and lightweight construction, the magnifier is suitable for both home and travel use, perfect to take with you as you read your favourite novel on a train or plane.


Pencil Holder Writing Aid

Pencil Holder Writing Aid

The Pencil Holder Writing Aid helps those with weaker wrists and grip to write with ease. The ergonomic design makes it easier to write with the aid and the 360 adjustable holster lets you set the pencil in the most comfortable position. Simply slide in your pen or pencil, and there’s no chance of it slipping out, allowing error and mess-free writing. The writing aid is also available with or without weights.


Get in Touch

How will you be celebrating International Literacy Day? Ability Superstore would love to know! If you have any questions or inquiries, please do get in touch. We will be more than happy to help!