51st International Literacy Day: Sept 8, 2017
Q. UNESCO celebrated its ___ international literacy day on Sept 8, 2017.- Published on 08 Sep 17
The 51st International Literacy Day is being celebrated on 8th September, 2017 at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi and the theme announced by UNESCO is `Literacy in a digital world’.
The programme would include; felicitation to the dignitaries, distribution of Saakshar Bharat Awards to the best performing States, Districts, Gram Panchayats and NGOs.International Literacy Day
- The International Literacy Day is celebrated on 8th September every year throughout the world.
- On this day, in the year 1965 the World Congress of Ministers of Education met in Tehran for the first time to discuss the programme of education at the international level.
- The UNESCO in its 14th Session in November, 1966, declared 8th September as the International Literacy Day.
- Since then, ILD is celebrated on 8th September every year by most of the member countries.
- The key aspect of the observance of ILD is to mobilize public opinion in favour of struggle against illiteracy.
- ILD is a forum to disseminate information on literacy and raise the public awareness and the significance of literacy for individual and national development.
- The National Literacy Mission Authority started celebrating International Literacy Day every year from 1988 onwards.
- The eradication of illiteracy has been one of the major national concerns of the Govt. of India since independence.
- The occasion of ILD is used for raising public awareness to eradicate illiteracy and create environment in favour of adult education programmes.
- From 1996 onwards some new elements were introduced to make the programme more attractive. In the year 1996 a ‘Mashal March’ was organized involving school students and literacy functionaries.