International Literacy Day

The aim of International Literacy Day is to emphasize the significance of literacy to communities, societies and individuals.
Created On: Sep 8, 2014 12:42 IST
Modified On: Sep 23, 2014 11:19 IST

On November 17, 1965, UNESCO proclaimed September 8th as International Literacy Day. International Literacy Day was 1st celebrated in the year 1966. The aim of International Literacy Day is to emphasize the significance of literacy to communities, societies and individuals. Every year, on International Literacy Day, UNESCO strikes a chord of the international community of the position of literacy & adult learning worldwide. Revelry takes place around the world.

Literacy is one of the major fundamentals required to support sustainable development, as it facilitates people so that they can make the correct decisions in the regions of economic growth, environmental integration and social development. Literacy is a source for permanent erudition and plays a decisive foundational responsibility in the conception of sustainable, affluent and passive societies. 

Literacy skills developed from a fundamental to highly developed level throughout life are part of broader competencies requisite for critical thinking, participatory governance, the sense of responsibility, sustainable consumption & lifestyles, biodiversity protection, disaster risk reduction and poverty reduction.

Literacy is a human right. It is a tool of personal empowerment. It is also a means for human and social development. Educational prospects depend on literacy.

Literacy is at the heart of fundamental education for all, and important for exterminating poverty, curbing population growth, plummeting child mortality, attaining gender equality & guarantying sustainable development, peace & democracy.

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Source: http://www.unesco.org/

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