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History, theme and how education coping up amid COVID-19 pandemic

New Delhi, Sep 08: The first ever International Literacy Day was declared at the 14th session of UNESCO’s general conference on 26 October in 1966, and since then it has been celebrated annually on September 8, to raise awareness about the

importance of the literacy to individuals, society, and communities as a matter of dignity and human rights.

General conference stated “The hundreds of millions of illiterate adults still existing in the world, make it essential to change national education policies.”

The report said that education systems across the world should provide the training required for children and working adults so that they can learn to read and write.

“National educational plans should include schooling for children and literacy training for adults as parallel elements”.

Despite all the efforts, about 775 million adults lack the minimum education, 60.7 million children are out of school or are rare attendees.

Morover, South Asia has the lowest regional adult literacy rate i.e 58.6 per cent that ends up by severe poverty and prejudice against women.


The theme of International Literacy Day 2020, is “Literacy teaching and learning in the COVID-19 crisis and beyond”, according to United Nations.

The theme highlights literacy in a lifelong learning perspective, and therefore, mainly focuses on youth and…

Briti Roy Barman

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