SAS Celebrates Literacy

September 8 and all year long

SAS believes literacy is a basic human right.

The ability to share ideas through reading and writing are the basis for living a full life, maintaining human dignity and ensuring equality for all. International Literacy Day is a great opportunity to celebrate the progress organizations are making toward reading and writing proficiency. Recognizing there is always more work to be done, it’s a great opportunity to keep the conversations ongoing.

And literacy goes beyond just books. Data literacy is the ability to read and analyze data – focused on math and statistics relating to information flow. As the need for data literacy increases in business, government and society, it is increasingly important for students to prepare for a technology-driven workforce. SAS advocates introducing computer science at an earlier age and encouraging interest in STEM classes to close the analytics skills gap.

Did you know?

United Nations Educational, Scientific & Cultural Organization proclaimed September 8th International Literacy Day on October 26, 1966.

Since 1967, ILD celebrations have taken place annually around the world.

The International Literacy Association has 35,000 members and a network of more than 300,000 worldwide.

Goal: To remind the public about the importance of literacy in today’s globalized and digitalized world – and move policies towards a more literate and sustainable society.

Relate better to data

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Literacy education is distributed unevenly across countries and populations.

800 million

people are illiterate in their own languages.


of illiterate people are women.

Progress is being made around the world, but it is more important than ever to raise awareness about literacy and quality education.

Data literacy in action

In 2015, 193 world leaders signed a global agenda with 17 goals to achieve a more prosperous, peaceful, and sustainable world by 2030. Millions of individuals and organizations are helping to make all these goals a reality.

With our GatherIQ app, you can join a community of citizens curious about exploring these goals through the lens of data. Our free app explores the Global Goals through interactives data stories, quizzes and videos. This is your chance to learn about the world’s most pressing needs, and then find ways to take personal action in your own community.