UNESCO Amman Celebrates International Literacy Day

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UNESCO supports International Literacy Day events nationwide.

Amman, 8 September 2015 – Since 1966, International Literacy Day has been held each year on September 8th. It is on this day that UNESCO reminds the world of the status of literacy and adult learning. In Jordan, International Literacy Day events were held country wide in public and private schools and in the framework of informal education projects.

On International Literacy Day 2015, public schools in Jordan celebrated International Literacy Day with school assemblies where speeches were given on the importance of literacy for lifelong wellbeing, and literacy as a national priority. At Tla’ Ali. Liwa’ Jamia’ School, the morning assembly speech explained: “International Literacy Day presents the opportunity to spread awareness among nations of the importance of education. We in Jordan take pride in our Hashemite leadership of His Majesty King Abdullah II who has prioritized education for the nation. Until now, 4,079 centres for literacy have been opened across the country.”

UNESCO’s partners for the EU funded project, “Sustaining Quality Education & Promoting Skills Development for Young Syrian Refugees in Jordan,” also conducted literacy related activities. In Zaatari Camp, UNESCO’s implementing partner, War Child UK, explained to the children about the importance of literacy, after which each child made a bookmark and received a storybook as a gift. In Ghor El Safi, the site of UNESCO’s project “Empowering Rural Women in the Jordan Valley,” funded by ‘Drosos’ secondary school girls spent time reading to primary school students.

This year’s worldwide celebration was dedicated to exploring critical links and synergy between literacy and the future Sustainable Development Goals under the theme “Literacy and Sustainable Societies”. The future Sustainable Development Goals will be adopted during the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly in September 2015.

For over 70 years UNESCO has worked to ensure that literacy remains a priority on national and international agendas. Through its formal and non-formal literacy programmes worldwide, the Organization engages to realize the vision of a literate world for all.