International literacy day to be celebrated on September 8

September 8, 2014

The National Literacy Mission Authority (NLMA) will organize International Literacy Day (ILD) celebrations in the country on September 8.

This year ILD will be celebrated in New Delhi. As part of the ILD celebrations, the ministry of human resource development is organizing KRITI Exhibition 2014 showcasing the products crafted by Jan Shikshan Sansthan.

Efforts towards eradication of illiteracy started receiving worldwide attention, particularly from international organizations including UNESCO. On September 8, 1965, the World Congress of ministers of education met in Tehran to discuss the problem for the first time at international level. Since then, this day was declared as the International Literacy Day by the UNESCO at its 14th session in November, 1966.

For over 40 years now, UNESCO has been celebrating International Literacy Day by reminding the international community that literacy is a human right and the foundation of all learning. The importance of observing International Literacy Day is the need to mobilize public opinion in favour of the struggle against illiteracy. According to Human Development Report-2003-UNDP it is estimated that there are 879 million illiterate adults in the world, of which two-third are women.

A statement by the press information bureau states that eradication of illiteracy has been one of the major national concerns of the government since independence. A literate society is an essential precondition for achieving social and economic advancement. There has been a significant decline in the absolute number of non-literates during the last decade.



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