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2009 Education News & Events

Former First Lady Laura Bush Celebrates International Literacy Day at UNESCO

8 September 2009
Director-General Matsuura, Laura Bush and Ambassador Killion at International Literacy Day Roundtable (State Dept)

Director-General Matsuura, Laura Bush and Ambassador Killion at International Literacy Day Roundtable (State Dept)

Laura Bush joins the Director-General and the Afghan and Chinese Ambassadors in congratulating the Afhan prizewinner at the Literacy Prize Ceremony (UNESCO/Andrew Wheeler)

Laura Bush joins the Director-General and the Afghan and Chinese Ambassadors in congratulating the Afhan prizewinner at the Literacy Prize Ceremony (UNESCO/Andrew Wheeler)

Mrs. Laura Bush, Honorary Ambassador for the United Nations Literacy Decade, traveled to Paris to participate in UNESCO’s International Literacy Day events on September 8, 2009. Mrs. Bush delivered remarks at the opening ceremony and helped present the 2009 UNESCO Literacy Prizes.

Mrs. Bush also joined U.S. Ambassador to UNESCO David T. Killion in hosting a roundtable discussion with prize winners and UNESCO delegation representatives at the Ambassador’s residence, where participants shared successes and challenges of their prize-winning programs.

The prizewinners, from Bhutan, the Philippines, Afghanistan, Burkina Faso and India, and several of their respective ambassadors were also joined at the roundtable by UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura. Ambassador Killion and the Director-General expressed their great appreciation to Mrs. Bush for her continued participation as Honorary Ambassador, and her dedication over the past years in championing the causes of World Literacy and Education For All.