INTERNATIONAL LITERACY DAY was celebrated on 8th September every year. This year the International Literacy Day was focused on ‘LITERACY AND MULTILINGUALISM’ .
Since 1967 “International Literacy Day” celebrations have taken place annually around the world to remind the public of the importance of literacy as a matter of dignity and human rights, and to advance the literacy agenda towards a more literate and sustainable society.
The main purpose for the celebration of this day each year globally is to raise awareness and remind people of the importance of literacy as a matter of dignity and human rights.
IMPORTANCE OF LITERACY
Literacy is very important because it is the foundation upon which people are able to interact with the world, educate themselves, and thus contribute to society as well as their own well being.
It allows individuals to expand their knowledge and understanding of society. It also assist people to adjust to their environment.
Helping someone to read and write effectively or acquire the basic skills, improves the future of everyone in society is the main aim of providing literacy to all.
Literacy is critical to economic development as well as individual and community well-being. Our economy is enhanced when learners have higher literacy levels.
The sad part is despite progress made, literacy challenges persist and distributed unevenly across countries and populations.
According to the UNESCO director-general , our world is rich and diverse with about 7,000 living languages. These languages are instruments for communication, engagement in lifelong learning, and participation in society and the world of work. They are also closely linked with distinctive identities, cultures, world views, and knowledge systems. Embracing linguistic diversity in education and literacy development is therefore a key part of developing inclusive societies that respect diversity.
Literacy is considered to be a necessity for social and personal development.
With an aim to focus on eradication of increased rate of poverty, uncontrollable population growth, gender inequality, etc government, civil society and stakeholders have to highlight improvements in world literacy rates, and reflect on the world’s remaining literacy challenges.
Eliminating the persisting issues will not only help individuals to grow, but also contribute to the overall growth and uplifting of the nation and world.
LITERACY IN THE DIGITAL WORLD
These day the world has become a digital stage and only those can act well on the stage who have the digital literacy.Digital literacy has become a mandatory thing in today’s world.
Literacy in the Digital World is inspiring and empowering. It inspires and empowers you to appreciate reading e-books, blogs, posts and videos on any social media platform. It promotes high literacy skills in accessing information and acquiring knowledge that can help in empowering your imagination to dream and create solutions to heal the world that is ailing in being human and humane both in business and in life. Thus, literacy in the Digital world promotes active participation in global transformation in making the world a better place to live for everyone.