This September 8, like every year, the International Literacy Day was celebrated across the globe. On this occasion, the association “Reading and Writing in Belgium” launched a campaign to draw attention to the persistence of illiteracy in the Wallonia-Brussels Federation.
One in ten adults has difficulty reading and writing in Belgium. A “shocking” figure highlighted in the campaign “because it proves, in particular, that we are not capable of bringing some of the children from the working classes, Belgian or immigrant, to a level of basic skills mastery equal to CEB (Basic Studies Certificate),” the association stresses. Yet, we live in a country with compulsory schooling.
An unreadable message will be broadcast on various media, and table mats will be placed in restaurants, administrations and cultural venues, to raise public and political representatives’ awareness of this reality.
According to UNESCO data, there are approximately 758 million illiterate adults worldwide, two-thirds being women. An exclusion factor mainly related to socio-economic and cultural inequalities.