Today is International Literacy Day and it is there to raise awareness and find solutions to challenges, including the fact that more than 700 million children and adults lack basic literacy.
The United Nations declared September 8 International Literacy Day in 1966 to remind the international community of the importance of literacy for individuals, communities and societies.
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It is part of the UN’s Sustainable Development Agenda and promotes universal access to quality education and learning opportunities.
This year the UN is focusing attention on the Covid-19 pandemic and looking at ways of ensuring teaching and learning takes place in the face of the pandemic, and beyond.
The Day will also give an opportunity to analyse the role of educators, as well as formulate effective policies, systems, governance and measures that can support educators and learning.