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Edlodge celebrates International Literacy Day

Written by Anurag Prasad

Every year on September 8, the world celebrates International Literacy Day to highlight

the importance of literacy and education in everyday life.

The day serves as a reminder of the value of individual growth, literacy, and societal advancement.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 1966, at the 14th session of its General Conference, announced the event, and the first International

Literacy Day was celebrated in 1967. In the year 2015, International Literacy Day

became an integral part of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals


The world has seen steady progress when it comes to literacy, but there are a number

of challenges that still persist. For instance, until 2020, at least 763 million young people

and adults lacked basic literacy skills. These challenges have been intensified by the

recent COVID-19 crisis, climate change, and conflicts.

It is important to appreciate the fact that literacy has a much broader meaning than

simply being able to read and write. It also encompasses the ability to acquire

knowledge, access information, and engage while contributing substantially to social,

economic, and cultural activities. So, literacy is a factor that can significantly play a vital

role in poverty reduction, healthcare improvement, promoting gender equality, and

sustainable development.

On International Literacy Day, a wide range of activities, including events, seminars,

workshops, and campaigns, are organized to underscore the significance of literacy,

particularly in the context of advancing sustainable development objectives.

Governments, educational institutions, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and

communities worldwide actively engage in these initiatives to underscore the

importance of literacy and enhance access to high-quality education for everyone.

This year, International Literacy Day is being celebrated worldwide under the theme,

‘Promoting literacy for a world in transition: Building the foundation for sustainable and

peaceful societies’. This theme will underscore our endeavour toward education and

lifelong learning. It will also reflect the role that literacy plays in building inclusive,

sustainable, just, peaceful, and sustainable societies.

The Director-General of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural

Organization (UNESCO), Audrey Azoulay, has aptly put the the role of International

Literacy Day as, “If literacy is a victory for humanity, it is a fragile one: there is always

the possibility of a relapse. Let this International Literacy Day be a reminder of this - and

an opportunity to honour all those who are dedicated to making universal literacy a

reality, not just a goal.”

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