The UN-established International Literacy Day (ILD) will be organized on September 8 with the theme "Literacy and Sustainable Development" decided by UNESCO.
"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," informs UNESCO's website.
A main global celebration will take place in Dhaka by organizing an International Conference on "Girls' and women's literacy and education: Foundations for sustainable development and the awarding of UNESCO Literacy Prizes". According to UNESCO, literacy is a basis for lifelong learning and plays a crucial foundational role in the creation of sustainable, prosperous and peaceful societies.
In India, ILD will be observed in New Delhi by the National Literacy Mission Authority (NLMA) by organizing a special function with the President of India, Pranab Mukherjee as the Chief Guest that will be presided over by the Union Human Resource Development Minister, Smriti Irani. Also, KRITI Exhibition-2014 will be held to showcase the products crafted by Jan Shikshan Sansthan.
Undoubtedly, literacy skills are pre-requisites to higher order competency of critical thinking as well as for developing a sense of responsibility, participatory governance, sustainable consumption and lifestyles, ecological behaviours, biodiversity protection, poverty reduction, and disaster risk reduction, reiterates UNESCO.