International Literacy Day

September 8th was proclaimed as International Literacy Day (ILD) by UNESCO in 1966 to remind the international community of the importance of literacy for individuals, communities and societies, and the need for intensified efforts towards more literate societies. The idea of an International Literacy Day was born at the World Conference of Ministers of Education on the Eradication of Illiteracy, held in Teheran, Iran, on 8-19 September 1965.

This year’s International Literacy Day will be celebrated worldwide to promote literacy as part of the right to education, as well as a foundation for individuals’ empowerment and inclusive and sustainable development. With the specific theme of ‘Literacy and Multilingualism’, ILD 2019 will provide an opportunity to rethink the fundamental importance of the language and its diversity for individuals and society.

Despite progress made, literacy challenges still persist, distributed unevenly across countries and populations. Embracing linguistic diversity in education and literacy development is central to addressing these challenges in today’s world, in which multilingualism has become increasingly common with higher human mobility. Multilingualism contributes to the development of inclusive societies that allow multiple cultures, worldviews and knowledge systems to coexist and cross fertilize.

At Goldcoast Developmental Foundation we are committed to the catalytic inclusive equitable quality education at the grass root level and empower youth for creative self-development to actively contribute to sustainable social and economic development at the community, local, state and national level. Our focus areas are on health, education, empowerment and strategic youth development.

We identify with UNESCO objectives to Identify main factors that make policies and programmes to promote literacy and multilingualism more inclusive and effective. Explore elements of conducive environments, conditions, and partnerships that can help in expanding mother language-based, multilingual approaches to literacy.

We will continue to champion the cause of providing support to educational institutions in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria and provide incentives for the teeming youth population to see literacy and multilingualism as a tool for development.