September 8 was proclaimed International Literacy Day by UNESCO on November 17, 1965. It was first celebrated in 1966. Its aim is to highlight the importance of literacy to individuals, communities and societies. On International Literacy Day each year, UNESCO reminds the international community of the status of literacy and adult learning globally. Celebrations take place around the world.
Our imagination is an untouchable world that literacy gives an outlet to, be it writing or reading. Aside literacy being a basic human right, it is also a pivot building block for learning vis-a-vis personal empowerment tool.
Today, being September 8th, 2015, let’s join the world in celebrating International Literacy Day. The world being a global village has given us the chance to help communities all over and act as one voice in creating awareness for those who cannot read or write.
This year’s theme is Literacy and Sustainable Societies. Literacy/ education is key for sustainable development: progress in areas of sustainable development, like agriculture and health, serves as an enabling factor in the promotion of literacy and literate environments.
In the words of UNESCO Director-General, ”New technologies, including mobile telephones, also offer fresh opportunities for literacy for all. We must invest more, and I appeal to all Members States and all our partners to redouble our efforts – political and financial – to ensure that literacy is fully recognized as one of the most powerful accelerators of sustainable development. The future starts with the alphabet.”
International Literacy Day gives children and communities a chance to rediscover the joys of reading while raising awareness for those without access to education.
Help someone read today, teach someone, donate books especially to children of all ages.
Reading and writing for me is a passion, develop yours today!
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