The most popular definition of literacy is the capacity to read and write. It is a crucial tool for transforming pupils into civically engaged individuals. Being able to read and write allows one to be informed about current affairs, communicate well, and understand the problems that affect our world. International Literacy Day is celebrated on the 8th of September annually to raise awareness of the value of literacy among world residents.
The day also aims to encourage more cooperation in creating, establishing, upkeep and advancing more literate communities. The first International Literacy Day was observed in 1967. Since only a literate society can be sustained and advanced through time, it was created to educate people about the significance of literacy in ensuring dignity and human rights for all segments of society. In addition to bringing awareness to the fact that tens of millions of people still struggle to acquire even a basic education. The day is also observed to raise awareness of the fact that even a basic level of literacy is still beyond the reach of many people.
This day is celebrated to raise awareness of literacy and to educate people about their rights to advance social and human development. Like food, literacy is essential for surviving and prospering. It is a crucial tool for attaining goals like gender equality, child mortality reduction, population control, and the eradication of poverty. Literacy can indeed elevate household circumstances. As a result, this day is marked to encourage people to pursue higher education and to be aware of their obligations to their families, communities, and countries.
“Transforming Literacy Learning Spaces” is the theme for International Literacy Day in 2022. According to UNESCO’s conclusions, the epidemic has hurt about 24 million students, 11 million of whom may be girls and young women. By implementing integrated learning solutions and facilitating literacy learning about lifetime learning, it is crucial to reimagine the current learning spaces to ensure that no one is left behind. To guarantee high standards for quality inclusive education for everyone, International Literacy Day provides an opportunity to fundamentally modify the character of literacy learning spaces.
The following are the practices that are followed on International Literacy Day. Gatherings and associations approach to propel and help the individuals who face challenges composing and perusing. Different associations and individual bodies request that understudies and volunteers help kids locally or in society. Books are sold liberally and for nothing. A few workers even support the educational expenses of youngsters. Establishments and the public authority have pledge drives for a similar reason. The theme of International Literacy Day is elevated consistently to fabricate mindfulness.
There’s no doubt that literacy may not be the same as education, but it is the gateway to education. Instilling a culture of continuous learning in students from an early age is essential and what teachers need to do in the classroom. Only with the urge to learn can students improve and thus society can develop. This is what the education system ought to preferably zero in on.
Written by : Rtr. Alfa Azmi
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