International Literacy Day - 8 September

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International Literacy Day is celebrated every year on 8 September.

An Overview of the News

  • The day aims to highlight the importance of literacy for human rights, dignity, and the development of sustainable societies.

  • The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is responsible for overseeing and promoting International Literacy Day.

The theme of 2023:

  • The theme for International Literacy Day 2023 is ‘Promoting literacy for a world in transition: Building the foundation for sustainable and peaceful societies’.

  • Literacy Day is celebrated at various levels including global, regional, national and local.

Global Programme:

  • A conference, both in person and online, will be held in Paris, France on September 8, 2023, as part of the global celebration.

UNESCO International Literacy Award:

  • During the global event, outstanding literacy promotion programs will be recognized by conferring UNESCO International Literacy Awards.

History of International Literacy Day:-

  • UNESCO introduced International Literacy Day in 1966 at its 14th General Conference.

  • The first International Literacy Day was celebrated in 1967.

  • The official date of International Literacy Day is 26 October, which was established during the 1966 UNESCO conference.

  • The primary goal of this day is to highlight the importance of literacy for individuals, communities and society.

  • Literacy is seen as the foundation of a well-educated and productive society.

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