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Today is International Literacy day

UNESCO boss, Irina Bokova   

September 9, 2016                          

The United Nations  Educational Scientific and Cultural organization (UNESCO)  would today observe 50 years  of international Literacy day worldwide with the theme, ‘Reading the past, Writing the Future.’

In her statement, the UNECSO boss said;   “the world has changed since 1966,  but our determination to provide every woman and man with the skills, capacities and opportunities to become everything they wish, in dignity and respect, remains as firm as ever”, she said, adding that literacy is a foundation to build a more sustainable future for all . 

“This year marks the 50th anniversary of International Literacy Day and UNESCO is celebrating it under the banner, “Reading the Past, Writing the Future,” she stated

The UNECSO boss further said that they would  use  the 2016  International Literacy Day, 2016  to celebrate and honour the past five decades of national and international engagements, efforts and progress made to increase literacy rates around the world, adding that that they would  addresses current challenges and look  to innovative solutions to further boost literacy in the future.

She said fifty years ago, UNESCO officially proclaimed 8 September as International Literacy Day to actively mobilize the international community and to promote literacy as an instrument to empower individuals, communities and societies.

“Now  International Literacy Day is celebrated worldwide, bringing together governments, multi- and bilateral organizations, NGOs, private sectors, communities, teachers, learners and experts in the field”, she said, noting that  on this day also International Literacy Prizes are awarded to people with outstanding solutions that can drive literacy towards achieving the 2030 Education Agenda.

She also said  that 2016 marks the first year of implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and in that context the vision of literacy  would be  aligned with lifelong learning opportunities with special focus on youth and adults.

“Literacy is a part of Sustainable Development Goal 4, which aims to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all,”   she stated, adding that the target was that by 2030 all youth and a substantial proportion of adults, both men and women, achieve literacy and numeracy (SDG Target 4.6).

The UNESCO boss said the International Literacy Day would  be celebrated all over the world and that the main global celebration of the day would  take place at UNESCO Headquarters, Paris in the form of a two-day conference on 8 – 9 September,  and the  highlight of which would be the awarding of the Literacy Prizes.

 “At the same time the Global Alliance for Literacy (GAL) will be launched, a new and ambitious initiative to make all major stakeholders pull together to promote literacy as a foundation for lifelong learning,” she concluded.

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