World illiteracy halved between 1970 and 2005. Just the fact that you can read this is something you may take for granted; imagine living in a world where you couldn't understand messages in your environment. According to UNESCO, literacy involves a continuum of learning in enabling individuals to achieve their goals, to develop their knowledge and potential, and to participate fully in their community and wider society. International Literacy Day is celebrated on September 8th to remind us that literacy is still an issue for billions of people all over the world. Learn more about impact of literacy with TakingITGlobal's education issues page
This year International Youth Day reflects on an entire year that celebrated youth culture, youth ambition and youth action. August 12th ends the Year of Youth. Youth Day, and the Year of Youth in general, encourages the empowerment and participation of youth in the processes and decisions that affect their lives. What did you do this year to inspire change this past year? What contributions have youth made globally to a better world? Post your reflections, actions, and thoughts on the TIG Year of Youth Blog, and join our live chat on September 18th, 2011 at 2pm EST!
September 16th celebrates International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer to commemorate the signing of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer. This day brings awareness to the fragility of the ozone layer and promotes actions in accordance with the Montreal Protocol. Read more about the affects of ozone layer depletion and climate change in Panorama zine. What are you doing to help the preservation of the ozone layer? Add you voice to the ozone discussion.