International Literacy Day (ILD), held every year on September 8th, which highlights the literacy needs across the world with the help of International Literacy Association‘s (ILA) mission of literacy for all.
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In International Literacy Day, ILA supports educators across the world by empowering, inspiring students, and encouraging leaders to make them accessible to the resources they need to educate everyone.
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and its partners promote the importance of literacy for healthy societies with a strong focus on epidemics and communicable diseases such as HIV, stress, tuberculosis, and malaria.
In countries around the world including the United States and the United Kingdom, this day educates and informs people about literacy issues within their own communities. For awareness purposes, many activities are performed such as sending letters to the newspapers and reporting on concerns related to low literacy rising.
Other activities include projects related to a literacy program in areas where the literacy rate is low, especially related to the field of technology and literature, which are sponsored by various organizations, including education clubs.
What are the Goals of International Literacy Day?
The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, endorsed by world leaders in September 2015, promotes universal access to quality education and learning opportunities for everyone. The goal of sustainable development is to ensure that all young people acquire literacy skills and that adults who do not have these skills have the timeliness to acquire them.
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What is the Theme of International Literacy Day 2018?
This year’s theme is “Literacy and Skills Development“. Despite the advancement made, reading and writing difficulties persist and, at the same time, the skills lacked for the job are turning rapidly.
This year’s theme explores integrated approaches that also supports the development of reading skills, writing skills, and individuals’ interest that contribute to equitable and sustainable societies. This day also focuses on the skills and competencies that are required for employment, career, and livelihoods.
What are the International Literacy Day Quotes?
Following are some of the famous quotes regarding the International Literacy Day;
“Literacy is a bridge from misery to hope.” – Kofi Annan.
“The aim of education is the knowledge, not of facts, but of values.” – William S. Burroughs, American Novelist
“People don’t realize how a man’s whole life can be changed by one book.” – Malcolm X, American Muslim minister
“All my good reading, you might say, was done in the toilet.” – Henry Miller, American writer
“Sometimes people who sell books are seen as corporate salesmen, and people who sell reading are seen as literacy advocates, but you can’t really separate the two.” – Margaret Stohl, author
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