29 March 2018

IFLA joins forces with IBBY and ILA to increase literacy rates

Ingrid Bon, IFLA Manager, Development Programmes, Wally de Doncker, IBBY President and Bernadette Dwyer, ILA Vice President

Ingrid Bon, IFLA Manager, Development Programmes with Wally de Doncker, IBBY President and Bernadette Dwyer, ILA Vice President

IFLA joined forces with the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) and International Literacy Association (ILA) on Wednesday 28 March 2018 in Bologna, Italy and signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to work closely to increase literacy rates to 100 percent across the globe.

The MoU strengthens all three global organisations’ commitment and promise to share knowledge, work together, and participate in each other’s congresses to stress the importance of reading and access to information, and find practical ways of making this a reality.

IFLA, IBBY and ILA believe everyone should have the ability to read and access information. It is an essential tool for daily life in modern society, be it on paper or from a screen and by reaching all children, igniting their passion for reading and exploring the world’s knowledge we build a better future for everyone.

IFLA Secretary General, Gerald Leitner says:

Universal literacy remains one of the great challenges of our time. Truly sustainable, bottom-up development depends on everyone having the ability to read and engage with information. In signing this memorandum with IBBY and ILA, I look forward to continuing a partnership that is making a real difference for people and communities around the world

Gerald Leitner's sentiments are echoed by both IBBY and ILA.

Wally de Doncker, President of IBBY says:

All our members approve the introduction of a formal commitment to the principles of the International Convention on the Rights of the Child (1990). It is our responsibility to uphold these rights, as they reflect to seek, receive and impart information and to the elimination of ignorance and illiteracy

Douglas Fisher, President of the ILA Board of Directors says:

ILA views literacy as a fundamental, inalienable human right. This Memorandum reaffirms our collective commitment to our shared goal of literacy for all. We look forward to strengthening the partnership between our organizations

The signing of the MoU took place during the Bologna Children's Book Fair on Wednesday 28 March from 14:00 - 15:00.

Find out more about IFLA’s work for equitable access to information by visiting our library development pages.

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