21.10.2010 -

UNESCO celebrates the International Literacy Day in Jordan

©UNESCO AmmanSpeech by the Minister of Education Dr. Khaled al-Karaki

Um Ayash 21 October 2010 - To celebrate International Literacy Day, UNESCO is holding special events worldwide. In Jordan UNESCO in partnership with the Ministry of Education and the Jordan National Commission to UNESCO has celebrated International Literacy Day in Jordan in a ceremony in Um Ayash in the Jordan Valley. At the event, youth from Um Ayash performed skits about literacy, a graduate of the Adult Literacy program in Deir Alla have presented personal stories and awards were distributed to outstanding participants of the Adult Literacy program in Deir Alla.

This event of high symbolic value was attended by the Minister of Education Dr. Khaled Al Karaki, UNESCO Head of Office Anna Paolini and Secretary-General to the Jordan National Commission for UNESCO Toujan Bermemet.

The theme of this year’s International Literacy Day is to highlight the highly influential role that literacy plays in empowering women. International Literacy Day is celebrated every year on September 8 worldwide and presents an occasion to mobilize everyone’s attention to the urgent need for increased commitment to literacy. Whereas Jordan has made important progress in the last decades, there is still a gap between men and women. According to the Global Education for All Monitoring Report 2010, 72 per cent of the 305,000 adult illiterates in Jordan are female. UNESCO Office Amman continues to support the Ministry of Education’s aim to reduce the rate of adult illiteracy.

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