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INTERNATIONAL LITERACY DAY 2020

INTERNATIONAL LITERACY DAY 2020

Context

International Literacy Day is celebrated annually on September 8. It was declared International Literacy Day by UNESCO on 26 October 1966. It was first celebrated in 1967.

Significance of the day

  • It emphasizes the importance of literacy to individuals, communities and societies.
  • International Literacy Day-2020 will focus on teaching and learning in the COVID-19 crisis and beyond with a focus on the role of educators and changing teaching methods.

The theme of International Literacy Day 2020

  • The theme is “Literacy teaching and learning in the COVID-19 crisis and beyond.”
  • The theme focuses on literacy in a lifelong learning perspective, and therefore, mainly focuses on youth and adults.

Concerns

  • According to a UN body, despite the progress made, literacy remains a challenge with at least 773 million adults worldwide lacking basic literacy skills.
  • 60.7 million children are out of school or attend the school very rarely.
  • According to the UNESCO’s ‘Global Monitoring Report on Education for All’ (2006), South Asia has the lowest regional adult literacy rate, at 58.6% which is due to the severe poverty and the preconceived notion against women.

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