International Literacy Day: Raise the flag for literacy as a human right

    International Literacy Day: Raise the flag for literacy as a human right

    Sept.8, Geneva: Literacy is essential to reach the newly-proposed Sustainable Development Goal on promoting inclusive and equitable quality education and lifelong learning for all, United Nations has said.

    On the Occasion of “International Literacy Day” 2015, raise the flag for literacy as a human right, as a force for dignity, and as a foundation for cohesive societies and sustainable development,” said Irina Bokova, Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

    The Day is celebrated every year on September 8 around the globe.

    By empowering individual women and men, literacy helps to advance sustainable development across the board – from better healthcare and food security to eradicating poverty and promoting decent work.

    Today, 757 million adults still lack basic literacy skills – two thirds are women,” she said, and the number of out-of-school children and adolescents is on the rise, standing at 124 million worldwide – while some 250 million children of primary school age are failing to master basic literacy skills even in schooling.

    With 17 days to go before the UN Sustainable Development Summit, she said literacy is essential to reach the proposed sustainable development goal to promote “inclusive and equitable quality education and lifelong learning for all.”

    In his message on the Day, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon agreed that literacy, a human right that empowers individuals and advances societies, is needed more than ever as the United Nations prepares to adopt a new global agenda for sustainable development.

    More than 750 million adults in the world are illiterate. “All of these people, whatever their age, deserve the chance to learn to read. When we give them that opportunity, we will create more productive, stable and secure societies for all,” UN said.

    The main global celebration for the International Day is taking place at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, where a two-day event on Literacy and Sustainable Societies (8-9 September 2015) will be organized to prepare the ground for renewed literacy efforts by countries and partners. On 8 September, a ceremony will be held to award the 2015 UNESCO International Literacy Prizes.

    The Oslo Times