International Literacy Day- Relevance for UPSC Exam
- GS Paper 2: Governance, Administration and Challenges- Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.
International Literacy Day- Context
- Kochi Metro will offer free rides to all school teachers as a mark of respect for them on International Literacy Day on September 8, 2021.
- United Nations Celebrates International Literacy Day each year on 8 September 2021.
International Literacy Day-Key Points
- Background: The 8th of September was proclaimed as the ‘International Literacy Day by UNESCO in 1966.
- Main Aim: To remind the international community of the importance of literacy for individuals, communities and societies, and the need for intensified efforts towards more literate societies.
- Other measures by United Nations to Promote literacy:
- The UN’s Sustainable Development Agenda (2015) promotes universal access to quality education and learning opportunities throughout people’s lives.
- Sustainable Development Goal 4 has as one of its targets ensuring all young people achieve literacy and numeracy and that adults, who lack these skills are given the opportunity to acquire them.
- UNESCO International Literacy Prizes: Since 1967, UNESCO rewards excellence and innovation in the field of literacy through its Literacy Prizes.
International Literacy Day 2021
- Theme: The theme for International Literacy Day 2021 is “Literacy for a human-centered recovery: Narrowing the digital divide”.
- 2020 theme was- “Literacy teaching and learning in the COVID-19 crisis and beyond.”
- Impact of COVID-19 on Literacy: The COVID-19 crisis has disrupted the learning of children, young people, and adults at an unprecedented scale.
- Covid-19 has also magnified the pre-existing inequalities in access to meaningful literacy learning opportunities, disproportionally affecting 773 million non-literate young people and adults.
- Role of Literacy in COVID-19 times: Literacy is a driver of sustainable development. It empowers individuals and improves their living standards. Literacy is important to a human-centered recovery from COVID-19.
- Covid-19 and role of International Literacy Day (ILD) 2021: It 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.
- What makes technology-enabled literacy learning inclusive and meaningful is to leave no one behind.
- Opportunities to reimagine future literacy teaching and learning, within and beyond the context of the pandemic.