8th September every year has been designated by the United Nations as international literacy day.
According to statistics from UNESCO, though there has been rise in the literacy level in the world over the past 50 years, there are still 773 million illiterate adults around the world, most of whom are women. These numbers produced by the UNESCO Institute of Statistic are a stark reminder of the work ahead to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), especially Target 4.6 to ensure that all youth and most adults achieve literacy and numeracy by 2030. It is evident from research that Nigeria literacy rate for 2018 was 62.02%, a 10.94% increase from 2008.
This means that over 38% of Nigerian adults are illiterate.
International Literacy Day 2021 focuses on Literacy teaching and learning in the COVID-19 era and beyond, with a focus on the role of educators and evolving teaching practices.
This year, the International Literacy Day celebration will shine a light on the need of bridging the digital divide.
There is no doubt this pandemic has accelerated the adoption of digital and remote learning solutions to relieve the effects of the pandemic on the 90% of the world’s students affected by school closures. Sadly, children from families with limited access to books, technology, and the internet have been the most affected. This means that this year, the day is more relevant than ever to teachers and the challenges of teaching literacy that COVID-19 has brought, and future-proof approaches to teaching that might be adopted.
The National Secretariat is inviting to mobilize and participate in a one day National Stakeholders engagement on the 7th of September, 2021, at exactly 2pm via zoom. Kindly register using the link https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMrf-iurzIpHNVoW4hC38iyYbP1aLVH0lLP
The event will be facilitated by seasoned veterans in Nigeria and we encourage you to participate and share the link widely within your network