International Literacy Day: Literacy Is The Base For Sustainable Society – Ban Ki-Moon

International Literacy Day

One day ahead of the International Literacy Day, United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, said that Literacy is the base for the sustainable society, gender equality, and also human rights. He requested the governments as well as their partners to come together for universal literacy so that peaceful, fair, sustainable, and inclusive societies can be built. He also told that it is a vision to commence in the new worldwide development plan.

He also informed that 2030 agenda also has kept the Literacy in the center. Further, he also added that all the nations and their partners must make efforts together to remove the extreme poverty and encourage welfare for everyone. He also told that the aim of the Sustainable Development Goals is to offer the quality education and learning opportunities universally for everyone.

While talking about the “universal literacy”, he told that good progress has been made in this direction in past time; however, the world has to travel yet a long journey.

International Literacy Day
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Every year, 8th September is celebrated as the International Literacy Day. It was 1965 when 8th September was declared as the International Literacy Day by the UNESCO. Since then, different organizations, communities, and schools celebrate this day with the hope that it would be helpful to raise the awareness among the people and the literacy rate especially in developing countries would increase. This year, UNESCO is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its literacy programs at its Headquarters in the Paris.

The world Literacy Foundation is one such an organization that runs different kinds of campaigns every year. This year it has run an exciting campaign “The Sky’s The Limit”. Through this campaign, they offered opportunities to the schools and local communities so that they could involve their selves in this day and promote it in their schools along with the local communities.

International Literacy Day
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Jan Sikshan Sansthan is a Kerela’s Malappuram-based NGO known for running lifelong education programs along with the skill development programs. It runs these programs so that underprivileged people can have the better livelihood. For running such programs, this organization will be awarded “UNESCO Confucius Prize for Literacy” on Friday, 9th September, in Paris.

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