September 8 is marked as International Literacy Day all over the world to raise awareness and remind people about the importance of education to individuals and communities around the world since 1966. The UNESCO its 14th session of general conference had made the declaration of the day.
Every year the United Nations (UN) gives special themes to this day keeping in line with the current environment. This year the theme has been kept keeping in concern the global Covid-19 pandemic, and it focuses on “Literacy teaching and learning in the Covid-19 crisis and beyond.” Earlier, there have been themes like ‘Literacy and Health’, ‘Literacy and Epidemics’, which focused on communicable diseases such as HIV, to ‘Literacy and Empowerment’ and ‘Literacy and Peace’ etc.
On this occasion, Union Education minister of India Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank said on Twitter,”There can be no joy greater than reading and no friend greater than knowledge” Hon’ble PM Shri @narendramodi On this #InternationalLiteracyDay, we promise to work towards achieving 100% literacy by complying with the reforms within the National Education Policy 2020.”