International Literacy Day, celebrated annually on 8 September, is an opportunity for Governments, civil society and stakeholders to highlight improvements in world literacy rates, and reflect on the world’s remaining literacy challenges.

The issue of literacy is a key component of the UN’s Sustainable Development GoalsSustainable Development Goal 4 has as one of its targets ensuring all young people achieve literacy and numeracy and that adults who lack these skills are given the opportunity to acquire them.

Carer Worldwide is working towards meeting this goal by including child and adolescent carers in our development agenda. For youngsters like Sharmilla this gives them hope for the future.

We require urgent support to continue our work with child carers, so that we can reach out to those most excluded and isolated as a result of their caring duties.

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Read more about our work with child carers