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Take part in this year's Global Action Week to help tackle youth and adult illiteracy!

published 9 January 2009 updated 9 January 2009

The Global Campaign for Education has chosen "Youth and Adult Literacy and Lifelong Learning" as the theme for the 7th Education for All (EFA) Global Action Week taking place from 20-26 April 2009.

Literacy for young people and adults is the most neglected goal of the six Dakar objectives on Education for All. Today, there are still millions of people around the world who cannot read and write: 75 million children are not in school and 776 million adults are illiterate, of whom two-thirds are women.

Without adequate literacy skills, it is very difficult for people to lift themselves and their families out of poverty. Providing adults with access to literacy programmes and children with access to school are fundamental steps in tackling poverty.

EI encourages you to organise activities in support of literacy and quality Education for All during Global Action Week. The suggested slogan for national activities during Global Action Week 2009 is ‘Open Books, Open Doors’.

To find out more about how to participate in this year's activities, please visit: www.ei-ie.org/globalactionweek2009