February 25, 2021

Worldwide Literacy Day 2020: Historical past, significance and theme of the UNESCO designated day – extra way of life

On the 14th session of UNESCO’s normal convention in 1966, the primary ever Worldwide Literacy Day was declared and since then it has been celebrated yearly on September 8, in an effort to focus on the significance of literacy to people and communities all over the world.

In keeping with latest consensus, about 775 million adults lack the minimal training that’s required to be literate and of these, 60.7 million youngsters are out of college or are uncommon attendees. In keeping with the UNESCO’s ‘International Monitoring Report on Training for All’ (2006), South Asia has the bottom regional grownup literacy price, at 58.6% and the causes for this illiteracy vary from extreme poverty and the unfairness towards ladies.


This present day is well known in an effort to fight these issues and to offer a high quality training for all. By way of the course of the years, the United Nations (UN) has given today particular themes holding in keeping with the present surroundings. Starting from ‘Literacy and Well being’, ‘Literacy and Epidemics’, which targeted on communicable illnesses corresponding to HIV, to ‘Literacy and Empowerment’ and ‘Literacy and Peace’ just a few years later. For the 12 months 2020, the theme has been saved in keeping with the specter of the worldwide Covid-19 pandemic, and it focuses on “Literacy instructing and studying within the Covid-19 disaster and past.”

It could appear redundant by now, however the coronavirus pandemic has disrupted the correct movement of our society as a complete. For youngsters primarily, their training has been severely disrupted as majority of the varsity all over the world have been closed because the begin of the pandemic. In keeping with the World Literacy Basis, based in 2003, greater than 190 international locations closed their college which affected the training of roughly 1.27 billion youngsters and youth.

This 12 months’s celebration goes to make clear “the position of educators and altering pedagogies.” It thinks of literacy from the angle of a lifelong expertise and therefore its significance for the youth advert adults. “Throughout COVID-19, in lots of international locations, grownup literacy programmes had been absent within the preliminary training response plans, so most grownup literacy programmes that did exist had been suspended, with only a few programs persevering with just about, via TV and radio, or in open air areas.”

Most lessons and lectures are being performed on-line and although that does make a distinction, the query of what the long run holds when it comes to the method of training in unknown. For the celebration of Worldwide Literacy Day, the UN are organising on-line seminars and talks that go over these pertinent questions. There shall be two conferences held, one concerning the ‘Literacy instructing and studying within the COVID-19 disaster and past: the position of educators and altering pedagogies’ and one other on ‘The Laureates of the UNESCO Worldwide Literacy Prizes 2020’.

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