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International Literacy Day Celebrations in Iceland

International Literacy Day will be celebrated in Iceland this Saturday, September 8.

bookshelf_psPhoto by Páll Stefánsson.

Events include a convention at the University of Akureyri which will focus on reading and young people, including on the topic of children’s literature.

A report released earlier this week found that Icelandic teens read more outside of school than in 2000.

This year’s theme, ‘Literacy and Peace’, was adopted with the aim of demonstrating the “multiple uses and value that literacy brings to people,” according to the UNESCO website.

According to UNESCO, “Literacy contributes to peace as it brings people closer to attaining individual freedoms and better understanding the world, as well as preventing or resolving conflict. The connection between literacy and peace can be seen by the fact that in unstable democracies or in conflict-affected countries it is harder to establish or sustain a literate environment.”

Reykjavík received UNESCO City of Literature status last year.

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