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UNESCO Chief's message on International Literacy Day
On the occasion of International Literacy Day which is celebrated annually worldwide on September 8 to bring together governments, multi- and bilateral organizations, NGOs, private sector, communities, teachers, learners and experts, UNESCO Chief Irina Bokova urged the world community 'to explore how digital technologies can support progress towards the Sustainable Development Goal 4, especially Target 4.6 on youth and adult literacy'.

She urged that this year, the observance should lead to deepening the understanding about literacy skills people need to navigate in a digital world and adopt promising practices with regards to policies, programmes, monitoring and evaluation as well as financing that advances literacy in a digital world.

"Just as knowledge, skills and competencies evolve in the digital world, so does what it means to be literate. In order to close the literacy skills gap and reduce inequalities, this year's International Literacy Day will highlight the challenges and opportunities in promoting literacy in the digital world, a world where, despite progress, at least 750 million adults and 264 million out-of-school children still lack basic literacy skills," she stated in a release by UNESCO.

She added that International Literacy Day-2017 was an occasion to mark achievements and reflect on ways to counter remaining challenges for the promotion of literacy as an integral part of lifelong learning within and beyond the 2030 Education Agenda of UN's Sustainable Development Goals.

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