Today is World Literacy Day: Learn the significance and history of this day

Today World Literacy Day 2021 is being celebrated across the world.

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Today World Literacy Day 2021 is being celebrated across the world. The purpose of celebrating this day is to continuously strive for the importance of literacy for individuals, communities, and societies and more literate societies.

World Literacy Day 2021 is being celebrated around the world today, September 8. This day is celebrated to mark the importance of literacy and to remind us that literacy is a right.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) declared September 8, 1966, as International Literacy Day.

What is the history of Literacy Day?

UNESCO first decided to celebrate International Literacy Day on November 7, 1965. After a day was fixed for this and since then every year on 8th September World Literacy Day is celebrated. The year after UNESCO’s decision, Literacy Day was introduced in 1966.

International Literacy Day 2021: Theme

This year’s theme of World Literacy Day is “Literacy for Human-Centered Recovery: Bridging the Digital Divide.” The theme of ILD 2021 is set to create greater awareness among people about digital literacy.

Significantly, the corona epidemic has affected the education of children, youth, and adults and has created many difficulties. It has increased the division of knowledge among citizens.

Why is World Literacy Day celebrated?

This day is celebrated to make people aware of the need to be literate and to know their rights for social and human development. Literacy not only helps people to live a better life.

But also helps in poverty alleviation, population control, child mortality, etc. This day is celebrated to encourage people for good education.

UNESCO organizes many programs in schools, colleges, and villages to raise awareness on this day.

Literacy rate in India

According to the last census of 2011, India has a literacy rate of 74.04 percent, an increase of 9.2 percent over the last decade (2001-11).

As per UNESCO, it will take another 50 years for the country to achieve universal literacy, which is 2060.

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