The International Literacy Day is observed on September 8 every year to raise awareness and concern for literacy problems that exist within our own local communities as well as globally. International Literacy Day 2021 provides an opportunity to reflect on and discuss how innovative and effective pedagogies and teaching methodologies can be used in youth and adult literacy programs to face the pandemic and beyond.
UNESCO continues to play a leading role in improving global literacy and promoting International Literacy Day with governments, communities, etc. Despite progress made, literacy challenges persist with at least 773 million adults worldwide lacking basic literacy skills today. The Literacy Day will reflect on the innovative and effective pedagogies that can be used in youth and adult literacy programs to face the pandemic and beyond.
International Literacy Day (ILD) 2021 will be celebrated under the theme “Literacy for a human-centered recovery: Narrowing the digital divide”.
The COVID-19 crisis has disrupted the learning of children, young people, and adults at an unprecedented scale. It has also magnified the pre-existing inequalities in access to meaningful literacy learning opportunities, dis proportionally affecting 773 million non-literate young people and adults.
The idea of an International Literacy Day was born at the World Conference of Ministers of Education on the eradication of illiteracy held in Tehran in 1965. This day was also adopted as part of the UN’s sustainable development goals program in 2015.