08.09.2011 -

The 47th International Literacy Day

Literacy is the foundation of all education and lifelong learning. In today’s knowledge driven societies, lack of literacy is more than ever synonymous with exclusion and marginalization. This year, International Literacy Day places a special focus on the essential relationship between literacy and peace. Lasting peace is founded on respect for human rights and social justice. Literacy, the foundation of all education and lifelong learning, is one of these rights. Literacy is a prerequisite for peace because it carries multiple benefits, cutting across the human, cultural, social, political and economic spheres.

In today’s knowledge driven societies, lack of literacy is more than ever synonymous with exclusion and marginalization. According to the most recent figures (2009), 793 million adults lack basic literacy skills, the majority are girls and women. A further 67 million children of primary school age are not in primary school and 72 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.

Joint statement by Kenya Government,and UNESCO




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