Current Affairs: 50th World Literacy Day Celebrated - September 08, 2016

50th International Literacy Day 

"Reading the Past, Writing the Future"
  • The world celebrated 50th International Literacy Day on September 8 under the banner "Reading the Past, Writing the Future". 
International Literacy Day 2016
  • The International Literacy Day 2016 honored the past five decades of national and international engagement, efforts and progress made to increase literacy rates around the world. It also aimed to address current challenges and look for innovative solutions to further boost literacy in the future. 
International Literacy Day 2016 in India
  • Functions are being organised to mark the day. President, Pranab Mukherjee will be the Chief Guest at the celebration of International Literacy Day function in New Delhi. During the function President will give Saakshar Bharat Award to Sonitpur district of Assam and Surguja district of Chhattisgarh. Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar will preside over the celebration of International Literacy Day. Ministers of State for Human Resource Development, Dr. Mahendra Nath Pandey and Upendra Kushwaha will be the also be present on the occasion. 

About International Literacy Day

  • September 8 was proclaimed International Literacy Day by UNESCO on November 17, 1965. Its aim is to highlight the importance of literacy to individuals, communities and societies. On International Literacy Day each year, UNESCO reminds the international community of the status of literacy and adult learning globally. Celebrations take place around the world.
  • Some 775 million adults lack minimum literacy skills; one in five adults is still not literate and two-thirds of them are women; 60.7 million children are out-of-school and many more attend irregularly or drop out
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