International Literacy Day 2018: Reawakening of Literate Tomorrow

International Literacy Day 2018
International Literacy Day 2018

In the year 1967, the first International Literacy Day was celebrated with an aim to assimilate reading and writing skills among the students as well as adults belonging to whatsoever background.

Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.”

― Frederick Douglass

International Literacy Day is celebrated on September 8th every year across the world. Indeed Education is paramount to freedom and a basic right that has the potential to transform human behavior and empower mankind. The idea came into existence during the World Conference of Ministers of Education in Iran held from September 8th to September 19th in 1965 with an intention to eliminate illiteracy from the world.

This year, it is the 52nd International Literacy Day that will be celebrated on the theme “Literacy and Skills Development”. To emphasize ILD 2018, “Skills” symbolizes knowledge, skills, and competency demanded in employment, careers, and livelihoods, especially technical and vocational skills, along with transferable and digital skills, mentioned the United States.

International Literacy Day 2018
International Literacy Day 2018

To bridge the gap between literacy, learning, and skills development since the 1950s, the idea of functional literacy has become quite influential which can be seen as a set of context-dependent skills that allows individuals in such activities where the literacy is essential criteria for the effective functioning of the individual’s group or community.

The chief minister of West Bengal has tweeted on International Literacy Day 2018, highlighting the issue of literacy a “key component of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and the UN’s 2030 Agenda of Sustainable Development.”

Besides the education sector, agriculture, labor, and health organized integrated programmes that join literacy, technical and vocational skills, along with employment and entrepreneurial skills.

With the advancement of technology, the education sector is also evolving and marching in the today’s digital era which motivates not only reading and writing but also engraving the process of technology and digitalization.

How far have we shifted from classicalism to modernism? Now, we are some clicks away!


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