09.09.2013 -

Celebration of 2013 International Literacy Day in Cambodia

@UNESCO - Women’s literacy class

Literacy is a fundamental human right as well as a foundation for lifelong learning and continued human capital development for inclusive and sustainable development.

The International Literacy Day (ILD) provides the opportunity to highlight the importance of literacy to individuals, communities, and societies. In this spirit, every year on September 8th, we aim to draw the attention of the international community to the status of literacy globally, and celebrate progresses in literacy at the national level. In 2013, the international theme is “Literacies for the 21st Century” reflecting the importance of literacy in a rapidly evolving world moving towards a new information age. For its national celebration, Ministry of Education, Youth, and Sport has chosen theme “Literacy Contributes to Community Development”. Both national and international themes show the important role that literacy plays in developing communities in the 21st century.

Despite a steady increase in global literacy rates, continuing challenges still remain in most parts of the world which need to be addressed locally. The 2013 ILD aims not only to establish a better understanding of the challenges and opportunities but also to strengthen partnership among concerned stakeholders to accelerate global literacy.

In this sense, UNESCO Office in Phnom Penh has been working closely with the Ministry of Education, Youth, and Sport and relevant stakeholders to ensure that all children, youth, adults, and disadvantaged as well as disabled people have access to basic literacy skills and lifelong learning. Hence, several initiatives have been implemented and planned.

UNESCO will mark the International Literacy Day 2013 through a variety of activities, with the joint celebration of the event in Svay Rieng with the MoEYS Leadership, provincial authorities, and development partners.  This year, a high-level National Consultation Meeting was held regarding the Country Literacy Acceleration Plan (CLAP) which was presided over by His Excellency Im Sethy, Minister of Minister of Education, Youth, and Sport. A round table discussion will be broadcasted on the National Television of Kampuchea (TVK) with MoEYS, UNESCO, Ministry of Women Affairs, Ministry of Cult and Religious Affairs, Ministry of Rural Development, and NGO Education Partnership. Also, UNESCO will implement a media campaign on National Literacy Day airing on selective radios and TVs.

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