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International Literacy Day was instituted by UNESCO. This annual celebration started following a recommendation of the World Conference of Ministers of Education on the Eradication of illiteracy which met in Tehran in September 1965. The Conference recommended that the 8th day of September, the date of the inauguration of the Conference, be proclaimed International Literacy Day and be observed worldwide.

Hence, the first celebration took place in 1966. Since then the day has been commemorated annually around the world under the auspices of UNESCO to advance the literacy agenda at global, regional and national levels.

The day reminds the international community of the importance of literacy to individuals and societies and the need for intensified efforts towards more literate societies.

Ghana will join the rest of the international community to celebrate International Literacy Day on Tuesday 8th September 2020. This year’s event will commemorate the 54th anniversary of the world congress of Ministers’ of Education on the Eradication of illiteracy, which made the Tehran recommendation on the proclamation of the International Literacy Day and advanced the notion of Functional Literacy.

The theme for this year’s global celebration is Literacy teaching and learning in the COVID-19 crisis and beyond” And the country theme is “The role of Adult Literacy in the COVID-19 Era”

The launch of the celebration takes place on the Thursday 3rd September, 2020, while sensitization on COVID-19 at Ablekuma South is on Tuesday 8th September, 2020.

Patrick Twumasi – Head, Public Relations, Non-Formal Education Division of MoE (0209045931/0507031278)