“Our world is rich and diverse with about 7,000 living languages. These languages are instruments for communication, engagement in lifelong learning, and participation in society and the world of work. They are also closely linked with distinctive identities, cultures, worldviews, and knowledge systems. Embracing linguistic diversity in education and literacy development is therefore a key part of developing inclusive societies that respect “diversity” and “difference”, upholding human dignity”.
Audrey Azoulay, Director General, Message on the occasion of the International Literacy Day
The issue of literacy is a key aspect in the sustainable development goals of the United Nations. Celebrated annually on September 8, it is one of the UN’s 2030 agenda for sustainable development. It was proclaimed as the International Literacy Day on the 14th Session of the UNESCO’s general conference. The celebrations around the world throw light on the importance of literacy as a right and as a step towards a sustainable society.
The theme for 2019 is Literacy and Multilingualism. It aims to address the linguistic diversity in education and literacy development. The impact of multilingualism in today’s digital world along with its implications in literacy policies will be under discussion on this day.