International Literacy Day

September 8th was proclaimed as international Literacy Day at the 14th session of UNESCO’s general conference on 26 October 1966

International Literacy Day

International Literacy Day

September 8th was proclaimed as international Literacy Day at the 14th session of UNESCO’s general conference on 26 October 1966. Since 1967, International  Literacy Day celebration have taken place annually around the world to remind the public importance of literacy as a matter of dignity and human rights. This year, International Literacy Day is stressing on learning amid the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Covid-19 pandemic, easy access to education is becoming increasingly more challenging as people grapple with online schooling and the digital divide

Many people cannot afford quality education. The gap about the access to education have been especially visible during the Covid-19 pandemic, as many people have moved to online leaning not only in India but also around the all over world.

The pandemic has affected around 773 million non-literate young people and adults across the world. The breakout that started in December 2019, has increase the inequality in access to meaningful literacy learning opportunities. The COVID-19 pandemic has build up the inequalities in access to literacy learning opportunities. While efforts have been made to have continuity in learning such as online education or distance learning, it has further lead to a digital divide. Many students do not have access to the internet or even electricity.  

COVID-19 school disruptions have caused learning losses. 23.8 million additional children and youth worldwide may drop out or not have access to school in 2021 due to the pandemic’s economic impact.

The aim was to educate everybody with the help of the teachers. The Covid-19 added the challenges making education less accessible to those students who can’t afford digital connections. It has not only managed to set apart students from the classroom but also put parents, who wants to educate their children, but under the pressure of buying devices to access online education. Others, they have had to pull out of school because they can’t afford it anymore.

International Literacy Day 2021 will explore how literacy can contribute to building a solid foundation for a human-centered recovery, with a special focus on the interplay of literacy and digital skills required by non-literate youth and adults. It will also explore what makes technology- enabled literacy learning inclusive and meaningful to leave no one behind. By doing so, International Literacy Day 2021 will be an opportunity to reimagine future literacy teaching and learning.