Literacy is everyone’s right and is one of the most important aspects of a Nation. The power of knowledge is the greatest power a man can have. With knowledge, many revolutionary discoveries have been made. To remind the world about the importance of Literacy September 8 is observed as World Literacy Day.
This year with the COVID-19 crisis in the world, schools, colleges, educational institutes in India started virtual classes for the students as the schools and educational institutes are closed due to the lockdown in the country.
Literacy missions across the world have suffered a setback as reaching out to millions of children in poorer countries has become tough online, say experts. This year’s “International Literacy Day 2020 will focus on Literacy teaching and learning in the COVID-19 crisis and beyond with a focus on the role of educators and changing pedagogies. The theme will highlight literacy learning in a lifelong learning perspective and therefore mainly focus on youth and adults”.
International Literacy Day has been observed since 1967, but despite the progress made, literacy remains a challenge with “at least 773 million adults worldwide were lacking basic literacy skills”, according to a UN body.
The most important aspect in the pandemic is to make people aware about the deadly disease and encourage them to follow the new rules set by the health department and accepts the new normal and brings the behavioural change in our lifestyle.