UNESCO created International Literacy Day in 1967 to bring attention to this issue and it has been celebrated annually on 8th September ever since. According to UNESCO, "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, disproportionally affecting 773 million non-literate young people and adults. Youth and adult literacy were absent in many initial national response plans, while numerous literacy programmes have been forced to halt their usual modes of operation". UNESCO also stated that literacy empowers individuals and improves their lives by expanding their capabilities to choose a kind of life they can value. It is also a driver for sustainable development. Literacy is an integral part of education and lifelong learning premised on humanism as defined by the Sustainable Development Goal 4. Literacy, therefore, is central to a human-centred recovery from the COVID-19 crisis".
The theme of the International Literacy Day (ILD) 2021 is “Literacy for a human-centred recovery: Narrowing the digital divide” with a special focus on the interplay of literacy and digital skills required by non-literate youth and adults.
In this connection, EWU library is celebrating this day promoting diversified topics related to this day by using social media platforms of EWU Library.
Please note that UNESCO is arraning Online International Conference on "Literacy for a human centred-recovery: Narrowing the digital divide" on 8-9 September 2021. Details can be found here