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International Literacy Day 2021

International Literacy Day is celebrated globally on September 8 every year. The aim of this commemorative day is to raise awareness of the significance of literacy and to look towards possible concerns.

On 26 October 1966, UNESCO proclaimed 8 September as International Literacy Day to combat worldwide issues of illiteracy. The purpose was not only to combat illiteracy but also to promote literacy as a tool that could empower individuals as well as whole communities. The theme for this day of this year is “Literacy for a human-centred recovery: Narrowing the digital divide”.

This day was also adopted as part of the UN's sustainable development goals program in 2015. The issue of literacy is a key component of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals and the UN's 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Since 1967, this annual celebration of International Literacy Day has brought attention to people in the world who don’t know how to read or write. It highlights ways to combat this problem and the huge progress that has been made.

UNESCO has been central to improve literacy worldwide and that is why promotes International Literacy Day in partnership with governments, charities, local communities, and experts in the field worldwide.

By adopting various themes every year, UNESCO wants to turn attention to literacy in all its forms in a changing world. No doubt without literacy we can't make changes in the world and also can't improve our living being.


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