Literacy and Sustainable Development
The theme of International Literacy Day 2014 is “Literacy and Sustainable Development”. Literacy is one of the key elements needed to promote sustainable development, as it empowers people so that they can make the right decisions in the areas of economic growth, social development and environmental integration. Literacy is a basis for lifelong learning and plays a crucial foundational role in the creation of sustainable, prosperous and peaceful societies.
Literacy skills developed from a basic to advanced level throughout life are part of broader competencies required for critical thinking, the sense of responsibility, participatory governance, sustainable consumption and lifestyles, ecological behaviours, biodiversity protection, poverty reduction, and disaster risk reduction.
This year’s International Literacy Day will be celebrated worldwide. A main global celebration will take place in Dhaka, where the Government of Bangladesh in cooperation with UNESCO will organize the International Conference on “Girls’ and women’s literacy and education: Foundations for sustainable development and the awarding of UNESCO Literacy Prizes” in support for the UN Secretary General’s Global Education First Initiative (GEFI).
Literacy is a key lever of change and a practical tool of empowerment on each of the three main pillars of sustainable development: economic development, social development and environmental protection.
Former UN Secretary-General, Kofi Annan
Why is Literacy important?
Literacy is a human right, a tool of personal empowerment and a means for social and human development. Educational opportunities depend on literacy.
Literacy is at the heart of basic education for all, and essential for eradicating poverty, reducing child mortality, curbing population growth, achieving gender equality and ensuring sustainable development, peace and democracy. There are good reasons why literacy is at the core of Education for All (EFA).
A good quality basic education equips pupils with literacy skills for life and further learning; literate parents are more likely to send their children to school; literate people are better able to access continuing educational opportunities; and literate societies are better geared to meet pressing development.
Starting from 2003, when UNESCO took the lead of the the United Nations Literacy Decade (2003-2012), and going back to 1946, when UNESCO first established a committee to promote ‘Fundamental Education’, review the major milestones on the road to Literacy for All. More
UIS: International Literacy Data 2014 (coming soon)
- ACCU-UNESCO ESD Innovation Programme
- Signposts to literacy for sustainable development
- Education for Sustainable Development and Life Skills
- Education for Sustainable Development: Linking Learning and Happiness
- Education for Sustainable Development - building a better, fairer world for the 21st century
- ESD+TVET: promoting skills for sustainable development
- Literacy and Sustainable Development
Effective Literacy Practices
- The Youth and Adult Literacy and Basic Education Programme (PAEBA) (Peru)
- Literacy Through Distance Learning (Mongolia)
- Adult Literacy and Skills Training Programme (ALSTP) (South Africa)
- APLICA Participatory Liberating Literacy Instrumented by Active Communities (Angola)
- Sistema Interactivo Transformemos Educando (Colombia)
- Rural Development through “SAVE” (SAGIP) Lifelong Learning and Peace Literacy (Philippines)
- The Vocational Village Programme (Indonesia)