World celebrates literacy day

The world today, Thursday September 8th, is celebrating the International Literacy Day, a day which was first celebrated in 1965, following a decision by The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to designate September 8 as the day to mark the impact of literacy, and efforts towards eradicating illiteracy worldwide.

According to UNESCO  estimates, illiteracy causes the global economy $1.2 trillion (about Ksh120 trillion) . The Director of Adult and Continuing Education Mr Kinara Nyabwara indicated on Tuesday that event will be marked in all the 47 counties here in Kenya.

The national event is set to be marked in Kisumu town.  Noting that the event will also provide a forum for learners to express themselves and share experiences on the benefits of literacy and challenges of illiteracy

“We shall use the occasion to assess the gains we have made in imparting literacy and numeracy skills,” Mr Kinara said.

UNESCO’s theme for 2016 is “Reading the Past, Writing the Future.”

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