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‘Promoting literacy for a world in transition’: International Literacy Day 2023

Posted: Friday, September 8, 2023. 9:39 am CST.

By Zoila Palma Gonzalez:  Today is being celebrated globally as International Literacy Day 2023.

The day is being observed under the theme, ‘Promoting literacy for a world in transition: Building the foundation for sustainable and peaceful societies.’

Data from UNESCO indicate that around the world, atleast 763 million young people and adults lacking basic literacy skills in 2020.

The recent COVID-19 crisis and other crisis, such as climate change and conflicts, have been exacerbating the challenges.

The day is set aside to join efforts to accelerate progress towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG4) on education and lifelong learning and to reflect on the role of literacy in building more inclusive, peaceful, just, and sustainable societies.

“Literacy is central to the creation of such societies, while progress in other areas of development contributes to generating interest and motivation of people to acquire, use, and further develop their literacy and numeracy skills.” UNESCO noted.

Schools around the country are joining in Literacy Day activities with character day presentations and fun activities promoting literacy.


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