International Literacy Day: The special day International Literacy Day is being celebrated on 8th September and the day International Literacy Day was declared by the International Literacy Day by UNESCO on November 17, 1965.

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International Literacy Day is actually set a goal to focus and highlight the importance of literacy to individuals, communities, and societies.

International Literacy Day: History & Significance’  & Quotes

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The rejoiced and celebrations of the day take place in various countries with full glory in order to emphasize the importance of literacy and education.

Main motivation being International Literacy Day

Some around 775 million adults lack minimum literacy skills as per reports; one in five adults is still not literate and two-thirds of them are women; 60.7 million children are out-of-school, remaining kids either irregularly attend school or they are just school dropout.

As per the reports of UNESCO’s “Global Monitoring Report on Education for All (2006)”, South and West Asia has the lowest regional adult literacy rate (58.6%), followed by sub-Saharan Africa (59.7%), and the Arab States (62.7%). Countries with the lowest literacy rates in the world are Burkina Faso (12.8%), Niger (14.4%) and Mali (19%). The report shows a clear connection between illiteracy and countries in severe poverty, which also displays it as the prejudice against women.

Celebrations

Celebrations of International Literacy Day marks to have specific themes, in line with Education For All goals and other United Nations programs like United Nations Literacy Decade. The celebration’s theme for 2007 and 2008 was “Literacy and Health”, with prizes awarded to organizations with there is a main focus of the health education.

This was also the thematic emphasis of the 2007-2008 biennium of the United Nations Literacy Decade. In particular, International Literacy Day 2008 focused on the Literacy and Epidemics which highlights the issue on the communicable diseases such as HIV, Tuberculosis, and Malaria, these all are touted as the issue of being concerns.

International Literacy Day: History & Significance’ & Quotes

International Literacy Day: History & Significance’  & Quotes

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International Literacy Day: History & Significance’  & Quotes

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International Literacy Day: History & Significance’  & Quotes

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International Literacy Day: History & Significance’  & Quotes

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International Literacy Day: History & Significance’  & Quotes

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International Literacy Day: History & Significance’  & Quotes

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International Literacy Day: History & Significance’  & Quotes

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International Literacy Day: History & Significance’  & Quotes

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International Literacy Day: History & Significance’  & Quotes

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International Literacy Day: History & Significance’  & Quotes

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For 2009-2010 the emphasis was placed on “Literacy and Empowerment”, with main deliberation and considerations to Gender Equality and the empowerment of women. The theme of the 2011-2012 celebrations is “Literacy and Peace”.

International Literacy Day: History & Significance’ & Quotes

The following writers are supporting UNESCO through the Writers for Literacy Initiative: Margaret Atwood, Paul Auster, Philippe Claudel, Paulo Coelho, Philippe Delerm, Fatou Diome, Chahdortt Djavann, Nadine Gordimer, Amitav Ghosh, Marc Levy, Alberto Manguel, Anna Moi, Scott Momaday, Toni Morrison and so on.

These authors actually contribute their literalism and they also try to raising awareness for the problem of illiteracy: so apart from the writers’ engagement, there are various companies and charity organizations that support the fight against illiteracy. Some supporters of International Literacy Day include the Global Development Research Center and Rotary International.

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