Celebrate International Literacy Day

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) defines the literacy rate as the total number of literate persons in a given age group, expressed as a percentage of the total population in that age group. Literacy measures the accumulated achievement of primary education and literacy programmes in imparting basic literacy skills to the population, thereby enabling them to apply such skills in daily life.

The literacy rate is used as a key indicator of social development, as literacy contributes to the ability of an individual to function independently and to contribute to the economic, social and cultural development of society.

What is International Literacy Day?

For over 40 years now, UNESCO has been celebrating International Literacy Day by reminding the international community that literacy is a human right and the foundation of all learning.

According to data released by the UNESCO Institute for Statistics, literacy rates for adults and youth continue to rise. Young women aged 15-24 are making the strongest gains, but still lag behind young men. Statista reports that the global literacy rate among adults increased from 67 percent in 1976 to 86 percent in 2019. 

Despite these gains, UNESCO reports that 774 million adults (15 years and older) still cannot read or write, with two-thirds of them (493 million) being women. Among youth, 123 million are illiterate, of which 76 million are female. Even though the size of the global illiterate population is shrinking, the female proportion has remained virtually unchanged from 63% to 64%.

To mark International Literacy Day on 8 September, Huawei Mobile Services has compiled a list of Apps available on HUAWEI AppGallery that you can use to improve your literacy.


Reading takes you on magical adventures to explore new worlds. Huawei’s official reader App is a treasure trove of eBooks, comics, audiobooks, and magazines. From classic novels and historical works to romance, action and adventure. No matter your favourite genre, take your personal library in your pocket with you anywhere you go and enjoy it anytime. 

Merriam-Webster Dictionary and Thesaurus

Having a dictionary handy is always a good idea, and this App is the best for English language reference, education, and vocabulary building. To prove that not all dictionaries are boring, this one even has word games, so you can learn new words in a fun and playful way.


With the official Wikipedia App, you can search and explore over 40 million articles in over 300 languages, no matter where you are. The best thing about it is that it’s ads-free, so you can explore as much as you want uninterrupted. 

Matric Live

This App helps all matriculants prepare for their all-important final year of high school. Explore past exam papers for various subjects such as English, Business Studies, and Life Science. You can also search for subject terms you need clarity on. Exams are written online and you receive instant results and corrections. And, on the days you feel like you’ll never get to the finish line, you can check out the motivational quotes on the App to help keep you going. 

Dreame- Romantic Fictions  

If you love a good romance novel then be sure to download this App. It contains a whole new world of gripping stories and you can even earn super prizes. With over 200,000 original novels, this App has something for all kinds of tastes.

With these Apps, your knowledge, language and curiosity will no doubt grow. Get them, and many more, from HUAWEI AppGallery now.

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