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International Literacy Day

International Literacy Day

International Literacy Day, also known as World Literacy Day, is observed on September 8th every year. This day is dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of literacy and promoting literacy-related activities globally. It emphasizes the significance of reading and writing skills in individuals’ lives and their role in empowering people and communities. In today’s digital age, literacy extends beyond reading and writing to include digital literacy. World Literacy Day encourages the use of innovative technologies and digital resources to enhance literacy skills.

Once you learn to read, you will be forever free – Frederick Douglass

World Literacy Day: History

UNESCO declared International Literacy Day on 26 October 1966 at the 14th session of UNESCO’s General Conference. It was celebrated for the first time in 1967. Its aim is to highlight the importance of literacy to individuals, communities, and societies. Celebrations take place in several countries.

International Literacy Day: Theme

Each year, International Literacy Day carries a specific theme, shedding light on various aspects of literacy and education. The theme of World Literacy Day 2023 is ‘Promoting literacy for a world in transition: Building the foundation for sustainable and peaceful societies.

World Literacy Day: Significance

Literacy is the most important aspect of human lives today to grow and create that environment for survival. Today, Despite progress made over the years, at least 773 million young people and adults lack basic literacy skills. The primary significance of World Literacy Day is to promote literacy as a fundamental human right. Literacy is the foundation for acquiring knowledge, accessing information, and participating in social, economic, and political activities.

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When is International Literacy Day celebrated?

International Literacy Day is celebrated on 08th September every year.

When was first International Literacy Day celebrated?

The first International Literacy Day was celebrated in 1967.

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