The ministry of education is leading the country to mark International Literacy Day.

 Education cabinet secretary professor George Magoha is officiating the event in West Pokot as the celebrations take place in different parts of the country. In a statement from the ministry, the CS will at Makutano Stadium in Kapenguria, in West Pokot County as the celebrations will take place at the county and sub-county levels throughout the country.

Director for adult and continuing education Irreneous Kinara has however said that Kenya still is crippled on matters literacy even as the government plans to join other states in celebrating this day.

According to UNESCO, an adult literacy rate of 78.73 per cent adding that male literacy rate is 83.78 per cent, for females is 74.01 per cent. Kinara, however, said that pastoral communities mainly in arid and semi-arid areas (ASAL) were the most disadvantaged.

International literacy day, celebrated annually on 8 September, provides an opportunity for governments, civil society and stakeholders to highlight improvements in world literacy rates, and reflect on the remaining literacy challenges that face governments. In 2017, Kenya joined other UNESCO member states in marking the 51st international literacy day with the focus on the digital world.