International Literacy Day

International Literacy Day - 8 Mahuru (September)

The Festival of Adult Learning Ahurei Ākonga (formerly Adult Learners' Week/He Tangata Mātauranga)​ - Mahuru (September)

International Literacy Day (ILD) in Aotearoa New Zealand falls within The Festival of Adult Learning Ahurei Ākonga (formerly Adult Learners' Week/He Tangata Mātauranga) and is celebrated by Literacy Aotearoa every year.

Literacy Aotearoa is a national organisation with 42 delivery sites, located from the north of the North Island to the south of the South Island.  In 2018, 7,663 students were enrolled in our learning programmes.

Read the 2017 International Literacy Day Literacy Aotearoa Press Release

View Te Tumuaki Bronwyn Yates talking with Duncan Garner on 'the am show' (Newshub) on International Literacy Day.


International Literacy Day 2019 focused on ‘Literacy and multilingualism’. Despite progress made, literacy challenges persist, distributed unevenly across countries and populations. Embracing linguistic diversity in education and literacy development is central to addressing these literacy challenges and to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

"Our world is rich and diverse with about 7,000 living languages. These languages are instruments for communication, engagement in lifelong learning, and participation in society and the world of work. They are also closely linked  with distinctive identities, cultures,  worldviews,  and  knowledge  systems.  Embracing  linguistic  diversity  in  education  and  literacy  development  is  therefore  a  key  part  of  developing  inclusive  societies that  respect “diversity”  and “difference”, upholding human dignity".

Audrey Azoulay, Director General, Message on the occasion of the International Literacy Day