International Literacy Day

International Literacy Day 2020 – Theme, History & Importance

International Literacy Day is celebrated around the world every year on September 8 to promote the development of literacy, skills, quality education, and universal opportunities in people’s lives.
World Literacy Day aims to make people aware of the importance of literacy for individuals, communities, and communities and the intense efforts for more literate communities. There is a need to raise awareness about the world of literary issues faced by people around the world and to support campaigns that help raise literacy for all people.



October 8, 1966, was declared by UNESCO as September 8, International Literacy Day to address the problem of illiteracy around the world. Its aim was not only to combat illiteracy but also to promote literacy as a tool that can empower individuals and entire communities. Because of this, many people around the world will find employment and their lives will improve. Did you know that the idea of ​​World Literacy Day was born in 1965 at the World Conference of Education Ministers on the Abolition of Education in Tehran? The day was adopted in 2015 as part of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Since 1967, World Literacy Day has been celebrated around the world every year on September 8. ILD aims to promote the importance of literacy as dignity and human right and to advance the literacy agenda for a more literate and sustainable society.
ILD also allows us to consider the remaining literacy challenges in the world. Literacy is an important component of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

This is the most important day in the calendar of the World Literacy Foundation. We can celebrate and promote the power of literacy in the strongest possible way with the international community.
UNESCO is a center for improving literacy around the world, which is why International Literacy Day is promoted in collaboration with governments, charities, local communities, and experts around the world. We want to focus on literacy in all its forms in a world that is changing every year by adopting different categories. There is no doubt that without literacy we cannot change the world and improve our lives.



UNESCO says literacy is the key to the right to education for all. Furthermore, we all know that UNESCO’s Sustainable Development Goals are working to address poverty and inequality around the world, and improving literacy rates is an integral part of this. UNESCO also announced the International Literacy Awards; In 2018, there are prestigious awards that recognize excellence and innovation in the subject of “Literacy and Skill Development”. With this, the importance of this day will increase and the awareness and relevance of literacy and adult learning will be promoted.

This day is celebrated to promote human attention to literacy and to recognize their rights to social and human development. Likewise, food is important for survival, and literacy is important for success. It is an important tool for poverty alleviation, reducing infant mortality, controlling population growth, and achieving gender equality. It is fair to say that literacy has the potential to raise the standard of the family. Therefore, this day is celebrated to encourage people to pursue continuous education and to understand their responsibility to family, community, and country.

UNESCO plays an important role in improving global literacy and promoting International Literacy Day with governments, communities, etc. It aims to highlight the role of literacy and skills development in the context of a changing world, through discipline and multiple programs.



International Literacy Day 2020 Theme is “COVID-19 in Literacy Teaching and the Crisis and beyond”, focuses specifically on the role of teachers and the transformation of education. This topic highlights literacy learning from a lifelong learning perspective, and therefore focuses primarily on youth and adults. The recent Covid-19 crisis is a clear reminder of the current gap between policy discourse and reality: a gap that already exists during the COVID-19 period and a gap or illiteracy that adversely affects the learning of young people and adults. Abilities, therefore, face many disadvantages. During COVID-19, in many countries, adult literacy programs were not included in early education response programs, so most of the existing adult literacy programs were suspended, with only a few courses effective through TV, radio, or open air space. Continued on. What is the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on youth and senior literacy teachers in teaching and learning? What lessons did you learn? How can we effectively achieve youth and adult literacy in global and national responses and strategies for the recovery and restructuring phase?

This year’s theme is ‘Literacy and Skill Development’. It will explore ways to make an effective connection between literacy, technical and professional competencies in policies, practices, systems, and governance. We will conduct special programs at ILD, communities around the world, schools, and universities to promote literacy and its importance.

World Literacy Day 2020 provides an opportunity to reflect and discuss how innovative and effective academic and teaching methods can be used in youth and adult literacy programs to combat the epidemic. This day will provide an opportunity to analyze the role of teachers and to formulate effective policies, systems, governance, and measures that will help teachers and learning.



Those who are less literate or not, who already face many deficiencies in their daily lives, have limited access to health care information about coronavirus and online learning opportunities to continue their education. In such a situation, the COVID-19 crisis highlighted the uncertainty of basic facilities, activities, educational systems, programs, and people to ensure the continuity of teaching and learning.

How can teaching and learning be reconnected during and after COVID-19?
The crisis from the teacher’s point of view
Teachers play a key role in redesigning successful teaching-learning strategies to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 crisis. Therefore, our support is needed for the teacher’s skills, working conditions, and teaching methods.
Due to the closure of the school, there is a shortage of teachers and inappropriate changes in their working conditions. Many teachers who are engaged in unstable contracts or working in the informal sector are at risk of losing their sole income.

Sometimes, this role is played by volunteers or people with a secondary level of education who have limited capacity for their work. Teachers need continuous service training and support to develop teaching skills and flexibility to manage distance learning in the COVID-19 crisis phase.
Many teachers face many disadvantages in performing their invaluable work. Inadequate teaching facilities, lack of teaching materials, and poor working conditions are the most common.

The role of technology in literacy and education

Many parents are concerned about the disruption of their child’s education and have adopted distance education with technical assistance as a temporary solution to this problem. However, it does highlight how distance education affects the bad luck of the digital divide.
It is undisputed that future literacy programs will also benefit from digital technology. We need to take the initiative, support, and support the literacy skills of children and youth through technology.


Activity means everything

On International Literacy Day 2020, we ask policymakers, lawyers, teachers, families, and students to join and take action. It is a public responsibility to ensure that children continue to learn during and after this global crisis.
Access to quality educational resources and technology is now more than ever required for children’s education. In fact, the world needs to adopt a more inclusive learning system.
The World Literacy Foundation works daily to reach children in remote communities with quality educational resources to enhance their educational potential. Learn more about our Edotech initiatives: Sun Books, Dingo, and Native Learning Apps.

Happy World Literacy Day!

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