World Literacy Day To Be Observed Tomorrow


World Literacy Day to be observed tomorrow

ISLAMABAD, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News -7th Sept,2016) : The United Nations (UN) International Literacy Day will be observed on September 8 across the world including Pakistan to raise awareness about global literacy issues.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) and its partners promote the day to underline the significance of literacy for healthy societies, with a strong emphasis on epidemics and communicable diseases such as tuberculosis and malaria.

International Literacy Day is dedicated to `Illiteracies for the 21st century' to highlight the need to realise `basic literacy skills for all' as well as equip everyone with more advanced literacy skills as part of lifelong learning.

The day is celebrated to educate people awareness of literacy problems within their own communities. Activities such as letters to the editor in newspapers as well as news reports about concerns for low literacy levels have increased as a result of the awareness.

Other activities include literacy day projects, seminars, literacy walks particularly with regards to technology and literature, which are promoted by various organisations including reading associations.

In a message on World Literacy Day, Chairperson National Commission for Human Development(NCHD) Razina Alam Khan told APP, about 57 million people are illiterate in Pakistan including 24 million out of school children.

The women number was high than men in illiteracy. She said that NCHD was making efforts with a slogan " Each one Teach one" to make Pakistan 100% literate country. NCHD will also hold a literacy walk to create awareness about education in which civil society, teachers, students, NGO's, FDE and UNESCO members and people from different walks of life, will participate.

The international community has not only failed to meet the education targets set out in the millennium development goals, it is also highly unlikely to meet the 2030 deadline for education laid out in the sustainable development agenda, with the poorest countries the hardest hit, according to the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation.

On this day every year UNESCO reminds the international community of the status and importance of literacy and adult learning globally. International Literacy Day was first celebrated on September 8, 1966.