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Longest Recorded Poem takes center stage at ‘Week of Alphabetization’

September 12, 2011

 

By Marlene Werner

AMSTERDAM- The seventh edition of the ‘Week of Alphabetization’ ended Saturday with the longest ever poem recorded in Dutch history hogging the limelight.

Several hundred people digitally wrote 3655 lines starting September 5.

The campaign was hosted by the Foundation for Reading & Writing, an initiative headed by Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands.

Several other campaigns, which tackle illiteracy in the Netherlands, are organized throughout the year.

Organizers hope to reach out to 1.5 million Dutch people who are ‘functionally illiterate’.

The ‘Week of Alphabetization’ is held annually around International Literacy Day, Sept. 8.

It was proclaimed such by UNESCO in 1965.

Current estimations set the number of illiterate adults at 793 million worldwide.

This estimate doesn’t include the vast amount of children, who are not able to attend schools and miss out on an, UNESCO- defined, basic human right.

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