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The Twenty-First National
African American Read-In

February 1st - February 28th

Sponsored by the Black Caucus of NCTE and by NCTE

In the spirit of celebrating February as Black History Month in the USA, The Global Literacy Project, Inc. continues to endorse the National African American Read-In Chain, sponsored by the Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English.

This endorsement asks that school libraries, community centers and other partners of GLP are urged to make literacy a significant part of February by hosting and coordinating Read-Ins in their communities. Hosting a Read-In can be as simple as bringing together friends to share a book, or as elaborate as arranging public readings and media presentations that feature professional African American writers.

To be counted as participants, simply:

  • Select books authored by African Americans;
  • Conduct your Read-In(s); and
  • Report your results by submitting the African American Read-In Host Report Card.

Download Information packet here

Host Report Card


International Mother Language Day

February 21

The majority of the world's population speak two or more languages, and "mother language" is the one they learnt first. Languages play an important role in the integration process in all aspects of public life but especially education.

Education in many countries of the world takes place in multilingual contexts and so such societies must look towards a philosophy which balances and respects the use of different languages in daily life.


International Women's Day

March 8

In December 1977, the General Assembly adopted a resolution proclaiming a United Nations Day for Women's Rights and International Peace to be observed on any day of the year by Member States, in accordance with their historical and national traditions. For the United Nations, International Women's Day has been observed on 8 March since 1975.

The United Nations General Assembly celebrates International Women's Day to recognize that peace and social progress require the active participation and equality of women, and to acknowledge the contribution of women to international peace and security.

The Global Literacy Project uses this celebration as an opportunity to focus on Millennium Development Goal number three:

Promote Gender Equality and Empower Women

Eliminate gender disparity in primary and secondary education. This goal also encompasses:

3.1 Impacting the ratios of girls to boys in primary, secondary and tertiary education
3.2 Impacting the share of women in wage employment in the non-agricultural sector
3.3 Increasing the proportion of seats held by women in national parliament


World Storytelling Day
March 20-21

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This celebration is a global celebration of the art of oral storytelling (often the first day of Spring). As many people as possible tell and listen to stories in as many languages and at as many places as possible, during the same day and night.

The 2009 theme is: Neighbours


World Book Day
April 23rd

World Book Day was designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, and is marked in over 100 countries around the globe.

A main aim of World Book Day is to encourage children to explore the pleasures of books and reading by providing them with the opportunity to have a book of their own. For international information about World Book Day, please click here and here.

"Read Globally, Act Locally"
April 23rd - May 21st

(A Global Literacy Project, Inc. Initiative)

Every April/May, the Global Literacy Project mobilizes students, teachers and parents to read stories from around the world. They're then encouraged to use these stories as a way to reflect upon how actions in their local community can lead to positive change at the global level. "Read Globally, Act Locally" global citizenship commendations recognize outstanding students who advocate for the UN's "Education for All" goals by making presentations to community leaders.

These activities often utilize stories written by students and volunteers from our various participating clusters. We encourage schools to invite local political representatives to see and hear about how literacy has the power to connect people from around the planet!

World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development
May 21st

The Day provides us with an opportunity to deepen our understanding of the values of cultural diversity and to learn to “live together” better. People around the world are asked to promote greater awareness of the crucial relationship between culture and development and the important role of information and communication technologies in this relationship. MORE>>


Teacher Appreciation Day

(Part of Teacher Appreciation Week Observed May 4th - 8th 2009 in the USA)

May 4th, 2010

Teacher Appreciation Day is an event that has the potential to unite a class – pupils working together on a special teacher appreciation project will form a team building bond whilst showing their appreciation for their teachers...

"A day in the life of a child is incomplete... without a teacher!"

International Literacy Day

September 8th

International Literacy Day 2009 Poster

Literacy and Empowerment is the theme for the 2009-2010 biennium of the United Nations Literacy Decade.

Literacy and Empowerment for all: children and adults, girls and boys, women and men, families and communities, rural and urban, in and out of school, in countries in the South and in the North.

Related links..

Previous Posters: 2008.

UNESCO Web Site for International Literacy Day

The UNESCO Courrier on International Literacy Day

In its resolution A/RES/56/116, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed the ten year period beginning 1 January 2003 the United Nations Literacy Decade.

GLP agrees with the understanding that literacy is not only a positive outcome of development processes but also a lever of change and an instrument for achieving further social progress. More...

This day and at events throughout the week, focuses attention on worldwide literacy issues and needs.

Progress is being made, but slowly. Because International Literacy Day coincides with the beginning of a new school year in many countries, classroom teachers can use this special day to recognise the importance of literacy in the lives of children and adults.

See GLP's Celebration of ILD!


World Teachers Day
October 5

World Teachers' Day is celebrated annually on 5 October. A celebration of teachers and their enormous contribution to learning and social development. Teachers are the heart of the education system. Human civilizations cannot sustain themselves without investment in training and measures to promote respect for the teaching profession.

Celebrating World Teacher's Day

A number of countries have celebrations to celebrate teachers with the new school year in September. In China, the day is celebrated on September 10. In India, September 5 is the day set aside to recognize the special contributions made by teachers. Throughout Latin America, September 11 is Teacher's Day.


Int'l School Library Month


(Celebrate with GLP at our "Walk for Literacy")

"Literacy and Learning at your School Library"

The aim is to celebrate school libraries and to highlight the importance of school library programs in the education of our children (From 2008, International School Library Day will be celebrated throughout the world on the first Monday in October).

Research shows that student achievement increases with access to school libraries with well-funded curriculum-based collections, strong school library programs, and professionally qualified teacher-librarians who work collaboratively with classroom teachers. In addition, students become better readers when the have access to a school library and books to read.  Specifically:

  1. students get a large portion of their reading materials from libraries
  2. students read more when they have a comfortable place to read
  3. free voluntary reading has an impact on reading comprehension, vocabulary, spelling ability, grammar usage and writing style
  4. access to books and magazines predicts higher reading achievement
  5. an ample supply of books is key to the fostering of independent and engaged readers, particularly second language learners
  6. students who read more typically have higher literacy development as well as higher student achievement
  7. standardized scores tend to be 10 to 20% higher in schools with an investment of well-stocked, well-equipped school libraries, managed by qualified and motivated pro­fessional teacher-librarians working with support staff.

Many of the research studies can be found on the International Association of School Librarianship's webpage "School Libraries Make A Difference To Student Achievement,"


National Day on Writing (USA)
October 20, 2010

People in every walk of life, in every kind of work, and at every age write more than ever before for personal, professional, and civic purposes.

In light of the significance of writing in our national life, to draw attention to the remarkable variety of writing we engage in, and to help writers from all walks of life recognize how important writing is to their lives, October 20, 2010, will be celebrated as The National Day on Writing.  The National Day on Writing will

  • celebrate the foundational place of writing in Americans' personal, professional, and civic lives. 
  • point to the importance of writing instruction and practice at every grade level, for every student and in every subject area from preschool through university
  • emphasize the lifelong process of learning to write and composing for different audiences, purposes, and occasions. 
  • recognize the scope and range of writing done by the American people and others.
    honor the use of the full range of media for composing. 
  • encourage Americans to write and enjoy and learn from the writing of others.

What is the National Gallery of Writing?

The National Gallery is a digital archive of compositions accessible to all through a free, searchable website—a living archive of thousands of examples of writing from across the United States.

  • Each writer of any age or occupation will be able to submit one composition per gallery. 
  • Writers will include with their composition information about themselves and the reasons they selected and submitted it to the Gallery.  
  • All sorts of compositions will be accepted, including (but not limited to) electronic presentations, blog posts, documentary clips, poetry readings, “how to” directions, short stories, memos, audio and video clips.


National Family Literacy Day

November 1st

National Family Literacy Day, celebrated across the U.S., focuses on special activities and events that showcase the importance of family literacy programs. First held in 1994, the annual event is officially celebrated on November 1st, but many events are held throughout the month of November. Schools, libraries, and other literacy organizations participate through read-a-thons, celebrity appearances, book drives, and more.


World Philosophy Day
Third Thursday of November

World Philosophy Day is annually observed on the third Thursday of November to honor philosophical reflections around the world. It is a day for people to share thoughts, openly explore and discuss new ideas and inspire public debate or discussion on society’s challenges.


“16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence”

The “16 Days” run from

25 November

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

10 December

Human Rights Day


The Global Literacy Project, Inc. supports the

UN Millennium Goals

Millennium Development Goals graphic

Our programs particularly support:


Target 1:
Ensure that, by 2015, children everywhere, boys and girls alike, will be able to complete a full course of primary schooling


Target 1:
Eliminate gender disparity in primary, secondary and tertiary education by 2015

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