2009 Education News & Events
Former First Lady Laura Bush Celebrates International Literacy Day at UNESCO
8 September 2009
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.