Every year on September 8, International Literacy Day is observed across the globe to promote and support the development of literacy and skills, universal access to quality education and learning opportunities throughout people’s lives.
The day to aims to make people aware of the importance of literacy for individuals, communities and societies and the need for efforts towards more literate societies.
International Literacy Day 2019 Theme
The theme for International Literacy Day 2019 is ‘Literacy and Multilingualism’. Progress about literacy still persists and is distributed unevenly across countries and population. It is important to focus on linguistic diversity in education and literacy development to overcome the challenges and to achieve sustainable development goals.
International Literacy Day History
UNESCO proclaimed September 8 as International Literacy Day on October 26, 1966, to combat worldwide issues of illiteracy. Not only to combat issues but also to promote literacy as a tool that could empower individuals as well as whole communities.
The idea of an International Literacy Day was born at the World Conference of Ministers of Education on the eradication of illiteracy held in Tehran in 1965.
This day was also adopted as part of the UN’s sustainable development goals program in 2015.
International Literacy Day Significance
UNESCO has been central to improve literacy worldwide and that is why promotes International Literacy Day in partnership with governments, charities, local communities and experts in the field worldwide.
By adopting various themes every year they want to turn attention on literacy in all its forms in a changing world. No doubt without literacy we can’t make changes in the world and also can’t improve our living being.