International Literacy Day Celebration


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The goal of the annual celebration of International Literacy Day, which takes place on September 8th, is to bring attention to the literacy issues that exist not only in our own local communities, but also in communities all over the world. “to remind the public of the importance of literacy as a matter of dignity and human rights,” as stated in the proclamation that started International Literacy Day in 1966 and was issued by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (also known as UNESCO), the holiday was created. The issues of illiteracy are brought back home to local communities on International Literacy Day so that they can take responsibility of the problem. Literacy is achieved one individual at a time. Just what does it mean to be literate? Literacy is defined as “the characteristic or state of being literate: educated…capable of reading and writing,” according to the Miriam-Webster Dictionary. Because you are able to read this post and no doubt spend a lot of time reading online, it may come as a surprise to learn that there are people living and working in your own community who are unable to read not only this post, but also books, restaurant menus, road signs, voting ballots, instruction manuals, prescription bottle labels, and cereal boxes. This may seem unbelievable to you because you are able to read this post and spend a lot of time reading online.

According to data provided by the UNESCO, after the pandemic cast its long shadow over us, “nearly 24 million learners might never return to formal education,” of which 11 million are expected to be girls and young women. This statistic was derived from the situation after the pandemic became widespread.
The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) reports that “literacy issues persist with at least 771 million young people and adults without basic literacy abilities today.” This is despite the continuous progress that has been made.
According to UNESCO, “to ensure that no one is left behind, we need to ensure that current learning spaces are enriched and transformed through an integrated approach and that literacy learning is enabled with the viewpoint of lifelong learning.”

Due to Pakistan’s disregard for education, which is the single most important factor in determining the prosperity and growth of any nation, the country now has one of the lowest literacy rates in the world; in fact, out of a total of 120 countries, Pakistan is ranked 113 in terms of its literacy rate. The literacy rate in Pakistan is currently at 62.3, which indicates that there is an estimated population of 60 million people who are unable to read or write in our country (Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training).

The topic of “Transforming Literacy Learning Spaces” is the theme of International Literacy Day in 2022. Make a habit of visiting a library, please. Libraries are often underutilised public spaces, but they serve an essential role in developing literacy skills and stimulating excitement. One of the most effective methods to instil a love of reading and language is to become involved with one’s community library. Therefore, why not arrange a guided library tour with a librarian?


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