International Literacy Day being celebrated on September 08. Countries across the world celebrate International Literacy Day today. International Literacy Day-2020 will focus on Literacy teaching and learning in the COVID-19 crisis and beyond with a focus on the role of educators and changing pedagogies. The theme will highlight literacy learning in a life-long learning perspective and mainly focus on youth and adults.
Theme for 2020 is- Literacy teaching and learning in the COVID-19 crisis and beyond.
This day was declared International Literacy Day by UNESCO on 26th October 1966 at the 14th Session of UNESCO’s General Conference. It was celebrated for the first time in 1967 and its main aim is to highlight the importance of literacy to individuals, communities and societies.
The day is celebrated to spread awareness about the importance of literacy. It emphasises on the need for intensified efforts towards more literate societies.
According to the UNESCO’s ‘Global Monitoring Report on Education for All’ (2006), South Asia has the lowest regional adult literacy rate, at 58.6 per cent and the causes for this illiteracy range from severe poverty and the prejudice against women.
- Headquarters: Paris, France
- Head: Audrey Azoulay
- Founded: 16 November 1945.
Expected Questions for Competitive Exams:
1) International Literacy Day day was first celebrated in which year? – 1967.
2) Theme for 2019 International Literacy Day is – Literacy and Multilingualism
3) How many Member Countries does UNESCO comprise? – 193
4) In which year the day was adopted as the part of UN’s sustainable development goals program? – 2015
5) Theme for 2018 International Literacy Day is – Literacy and Skills Development
6) How many UNESCO world heritage sites in India? – 38
7) Which was the last added World Heritage site in India? – Walled city of Jaipur
8) World Physical Therapy Day is observed on which date? – September 08
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