International Literacy Day 2021 Date and Theme: When is International Literacy Day? Why it is important? History, Significance, Campaign Ideas and a lot more

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Every Year, 8 September is celebrated as International Literacy Day to create awareness about the importance of Literacy or Education for the betterment of society. On this day, various governmental- and non-governmental organizations endorse Literacy by organising Programs and Campaigns. The improvement of Literacy all around the world comes under the supervision of UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization). International Literacy Day was also proclaimed by UNESCO to fight literacy issues in 1966. Literacy is a very important issue, as a high literacy rate can empower individuals as well as whole communities. Let us tell you more deeply about International Literacy Day like, When is International Literacy Day? Its Date in 2021, Theme Why it is important? History, Significance, Activities and a lot more.

International Literacy Day 2021 Date

Since 1966, International Literacy Day is celebrated on 8 September every year. So, this year also the day will be celebrated on the same date (8 September).

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History and Significance

International Literacy Day was first celebrated on 20 September 1966, after the proclamation by UNESCO. The aim of behind celebrating this day was to fight Literacy issues and encourage people to become literate. Because when a person in the family gets educated, he can change the whole life of his Family. Every Year, UNESCO Announced a theme to give a shape to the whole observation or celebration of International Literacy Day in the world. On this day, UNSECO also gives International Literacy awards to the people, who support the organization in this Work.

International Literacy Day 2021 Theme

The 2021 theme of International Literacy Day is “Literacy for a human-centred recovery, Narrowing the digital divide.”

Top 10 Country with highest Literacy Rate

Country NamePopulationLiteracy Rate
Latvia 19.2 lakh99.90%
Finland55.2 lakh99.00%
Norway53.3 lakh99.00%
Iceland3.57 lakh99.00%
Denmark58.1 lakh99.00%
Sweden1.02 Crore99.00%
Switzerland85.4 lakh99.00%
US32.82 Crore99.00%
Germany8.3 Crore99.00%
Netherlands1.73 Crore99.00%
Data Credit: The Guardian

Top 10 Country with Lowest Literacy Rate

CountryPopulationLiteracy Rate
South Sudan1.11 Crore27.00%
Afghanistan3.8 Crore28.10%
Niger2.33 Crore28.70%
Burkina Faso2.03 Crore28.70%
Mali1.97 Crore33.40%
Chad1.59 Crore35.40%
Somalia1.54 Crore37.80%
Ethiopia11.21 Crore39.00%
Guinea1.28 Crore41.00%
Benin1.18 Crore42.04%
Data Credit: Infoplease

Activities and Campaign Ideas

  • Donate books to local classrooms.
  • Gift a book.
  • Start a community lending library.
  • Visit your local library with your family.
  • Join and participate in a book club or start a book club.  
  • Attend a book festival together.  
  • Create a book exchange in your neighborhood. 

Best Quotes to Create Awareness

“Literacy in itself is no education. Literacy is not the end of education or even the beginning. By education, I mean an all-around drawing out of the best in the child and man-body, mind and spirit.”
– Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi

“Reading and writing, like everything else, improve with practice. And, of course, if there are no young readers and writers, there will shortly be no older ones. Literacy will be dead, and democracy – which many belief goes hand in hand with it – will be dead as well.”
– Margaret Atwood, Canadian poet and novelist

“There are over 200 million illiterate women in India. This low literacy negatively impacts not just their lives but also their families and the country’s economic development. A girl’s lack of education also has a negative impact on the health and well-being of her children.”
– Sachin Tendulkar, former captain of the Indian cricket team

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