International Literacy Day 2020: Theme, History & Quotes

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International Literacy Day

International Literacy Day is celebrated on 8 September every year around the world to promote and support the development of literacy and skills, universal access to quality education, and learning opportunities throughout individuals, communities, and societies. It was celebrated for the first time in 1967. Celebrations take place in several countries

International Literacy Day: History

8 September was declared international literacy day by UNESCO on 26 October 1966 at the 14th session of UNESCO’s General Conference. The purpose was not only to fight illiteracy but also to promote literacy as a tool that could empower individuals as well as whole communities. Due to this many people around the world will get employment opportunities and will improve their lives. It was celebrated for the first time in 1967.

International Literacy Day 2020 Theme

International Literacy Day 2020 focuses on “Literacy teaching and learning in the COVID-19 crisis and beyond,” especially on the role of educators and changing pedagogies. The theme highlights literacy learning in a lifelong learning perspective, and therefore, mainly focuses on youth and adults.

International Literacy Day 2019 Theme

International Literacy Day 2019 was focus on ‘Literacy and Multilingualism. ‘ Despite progress made, literacy challenges persist, distributed unevenly across countries and populations.

Why We Celebrate Literacy Day

The ability to read allows a person to unlock a world of possibilities. Literacy improves economic, psychological, social, and physical well-being. Improved literacy can contribute to economic growth, reduce poverty, reduce crime. We should celebrate International Literacy Day to encourage awareness towards literacy so that individual people, communities, and societies can know their social and human rights.

International Literacy Day Quotes:

“Literacy in itself is no education. Literacy is not the end of education or even the beginning. By education I mean an all-round drawing out of the best in the child and man-body, mind and spirit.” – Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi

“The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read.” – Mark Twain

“Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.” – Frederick Douglass

“My bursting heart must find vent at my pen.” – Abigail Adams

“Why does everyone have to pretend to be stupid and not know long words?” – Martin Freeman

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