Every year in our country, 8th September is celebrated as International Literacy Day (ILD), held under the auspices of The National Literacy Mission Authority. The year 2014 is going to be no
exception. The occasion will be graced by none other than The President of India Sri Pranab Mukherjee who shall be the Chief Guest. Smt. Smriti Irani, Union Human Resource Development Minister will preside the function. An interesting facet of I.L.D. 2014 celebrations will be an exhibition - "KIRTI" being held tomorrow, depicting products exquisitely crafted at Jan Shikshan Sansthan, organised by the Ministry of Human Resource Development. Smt. Smriti Irani, Union Human Resources Development Minister will be inaugurating the exhibition.
UNESCO, including a host of international organisations and forums, conjointly created a constructive consensus for removal of illiteracy from the face of the earth. A monumental stride in
this direction at the International level was initiated at the World Congress of Ministers of Education held at Tehran on the 8th of September, 1965. Following the same, UNESCO at its 14th Session held in November, 1966 immortalized it as the International Literacy Day.
By annually celebrating and recapitulating International Literacy Day, relentlessly, since four decades UNESCO has not floundered in its resolve in entrenching within the world community at large that literacy is the basic and ultimate human right, necessity, and destiny. Every human being, should, on The World Literacy Day make a firm resolve to make sincere efforts for the complete annihilation of illiteracy from our society. Human Development Report "“ 2003 "“ UNDP reckons that of the world's 879 million illiterates, two-thirds comprise of women alone.
Ever since we attained independence, one of the primary focal objectives of the Government of India has been the complete uprooting of illiteracy from the society. Rapid advancement strides in
the human, social and economic sectors can only be attained if the populace is adequately literate. During the just concluded ten years, a marked reduction has transpired in the quantum of illiterate individuals. The urgency to impart literacy to fellow countrymen is to be taken up on a missionary zeal as the quantum of illiterates continues to be sizable despite the deployment of immense
resources, efforts and activities since independence towards the extinguishment of illiteracy.