-International Literacy Day Celebration-
Our Correspondent / NEW DELHI
Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu today said that a country could not be called a developed unless its people were literate. He said, a life was incomplete without education and it is crucial for any nation’s progress.
The Vice President said, India still have the challenge to achieve 100 per cent literacy. He said, education empowers people and it is an ammunition to fight discrimination and injustice.
He was speaking after presenting the Saakshar Bharat Awards at an event organized to mark International Literacy Day in New Delhi. The awards were given to the best performing State, Districts, Gram Panchayats and NGOs.
The Vice President suggested ways to achieve universal literacy; firstly to improve the quality of pre-primary and school education; secondly, we must provide opportunities for learning to those who have never been to school or have dropped out of school. He also congratulated Human Resource Development Ministry for taking various successful initiatives to promote quality education and literacy in the country.
Addressing the gathering, Human Resources Development Minister Prakash Javadekar said, Government will launch School Chalo Campaign next year for children who are not able to attend schools due to various reasons. The Minister said, literacy rate in the country has reached upto 81 per cent from 74 percent during 2011 Census. It was 18 percent when India got independence. The minister assured that next year government will start ‘School Chalo Abhiyan programme. These efforts will help overcoming the remaining 19 % illiteracy and we will be able to achieve 100 % literacy and 100% digital literacy by 2022 which is a dream of our Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi.
Ministers of State Upendra Kushwaha, Dr Satyapal Singh, Secretary Anil Swarup and Country Representative of UNESCO was present on the occasion.
International Literacy Day is observed every year on 8th September to emphasize the importance of literacy to individuals, society and communities. The theme of this year’s International Literacy Day, is ‘Literacy in a Digital World’.
The 2017 UNESCO International Literacy Prizes awards ceremony will also take place to recognize and reward excellent literacy practices from around the world in connection with this year’s theme.