International Literacy Day is observed on September 8 every year. The day intends to raise awareness about the importance of literacy and acknowledge the need to create a globally literate community.
UNESCO declared this day as an opportunity for governments, civil society, and stakeholders to highlight improvements in world literacy rates, and reflect on the world’s persisting literacy challenges. In conjunction with International Literacy Day, UNESCO also announces its International Literacy awards.
According to UNESCO “Literacy is the best remedy” which is the key to the right for all to an education. Also, we all know that UNESCO sustainable development goals mobilise efforts to eradicate poverty and inequalities across the world, and improving literacy rates are an integral element.
Theme of International Literacy Day 2020:
The theme for 2020 is “Literacy teaching and learning in the COVID-19 crisis and beyond.” It highlights the especially on the role of educators and changing pedagogies. The theme highlights literacy learning in a lifelong learning perspective, and therefore, mainly focuses on youth and adults.
History of International Literacy Day:
At the 14th session of UNESCO’s General Conference on 26 October in 1966, 8 September was declared as International Literacy Day. Since 1967, celebrations have taken place annually around the world on this day to spread awareness about the importance of literacy to individuals, society, and communities.
Quotes on Literacy:
“Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.”― Frederick Douglass
“One glance at a book and you hear the voice of another person, perhaps someone dead for 1,000 years. To read is to voyage through time.”― Carl Sagan
“My bursting heart must find vent at my pen.”― Abigail Adams
“I feel free and strong. If I were not a reader of books I could not feel this way. Whatever may happen to me, thank God that I can read, that I have truly touched the minds of other men.”― Walter Tevis, Mockingbird
“Whenever you read a good book, somewhere in the world a door opens to allow in more light.” ― Vera Nazarian