UNESCO celebrates International Literacy Day every year on the 8th of September. This day was proclaimed in 1966 and it reminds each one of us of the harsh realities of education globally.
The pandemic has forced us to focus on the gap between the literacy policies and reality. There is a stark difference between the ground reality and the ‘policy papers’. In these tough times, the theme of World Literacy Day is “Literacy teaching and learning in the COVID-19 crisis and beyond”
Let us take a look at some of the more trorubling realities with respect to literacy:
More than 700 million children and adults lack basic literacy skill
More than 600 million children and young adults don’t have basic mathematics and reading skills
62% of the world student population was affected during the initial phase of the pandemic
The biggest challenge during the COVID-19 and post the pandemic will be how the education system needs to be modified keeping in mind the ‘new normal’. This day is observed to reflect and ponder how teaching methodologies need to be altered in order to provide best education for all.
UNESCO partners with various governments and charities world wide to bridge the gap of lack of education. We as a community should take small steps to make this world a better place!