International Literacy Day 2014

Today, two in three of the world’s 781million illiterate adults are women. A further 58 million children of primary school age are not in school, and 63 million adolescents of lower secondary school age are also missing out their right to an education, running the risk of creating a new generation of illiterates.

For UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova, “this unacceptable situation is holding back all efforts to reduce poverty and advance sustainable, human development.”

The theme of International Literacy Day 2014 is “Literacy and Sustainable Development”.  Literacy is one of the key elements needed to promote sustainable development, as it empowers people so that they can make the right decisions in the areas of economic growth, social development and environmental integration. Literacy is a basis for lifelong learning and plays a crucial foundational role in the creation of sustainable, prosperous and peaceful societies. 

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