Celebrate International Literacy Day, Read Something

From the UNESCO site:

On International Literacy Day each year,UNESCO reminds the international community of the status of literacy and adult learning globally.
About 759 million adults still lack literacy skills. Two-thirds are women. The International Literacy Day global celebrations will therefore focus on the transformation literacy can bring to women’s lives and thosen of their families, communities and societies.

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 .

Collection of good practices
Presents short info sheets on about 80 literacy programmes from all over the world presented at the UNESCO Regional Conferences in support of Global Literacy.

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2 Responses to “Celebrate International Literacy Day, Read Something”

  1. J.Begzsuren Says:

    Dear UNESCO’s Literacy Programme Group,

    Greetings to you from Mr.Begzsuren, a IT Manager at Ulaanbaatar Public Library of Mongolia.

    You know very well, today is International Literacy Day and any public library in the World is a very convenient and best place for community’s literacy and life long learning.

    Why, I want to send this email to you, because, We or All Librarians work in financial barrier service environment.

    All Public Libraries in Mongolia (about 350 libraries) requires,
    1. Annually registration fee from all of age community members, and

    2. Home loan service with daily free on each books.

    Example, our capital city public library or Ulaanbaatar Public Library
    – first registration fee 1500 tugrik for older (more 45 years), 7000 tugrik for adult (16-44 years), 1500 tugrik for children (to 15 years old)
    – annual re-new registration free 1500 tugrik for older, 3000 tugrik for adult, 1000 tugrik for children
    – book home loan fee 1 book – 1 night – 300 tugrik

    I hope, Mongolian 21 province and sum’s public libraries requires smaller than us fee. Anyway, it’s our true environment for public library service.

    Of course on site reading is free, but I don’t know how many new buildings for Mongolian Public Libraries or how many seats are increased in each year.

    Another information thing is, how many public libraries with free internet access for public? No more than 1-2!

    I very appreciate for UN supports to Mongolia, but my email helps to you to review on Mongolian Public Library conditions or look to basic condition on literacy of Mongolians.

    How we can change our public libraries to community literacy centers?

    Thank you for your time to read and understand my words,

    Sincerely Yours,
    IT Manager – UPL

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