When was international literacy day celebrated? Know its history
When was international literacy day celebrated? Know its history

International Literacy Day is being observed across the world today. It is celebrated all over the world on 8th September every year. It was celebrated in 1966, when UNESCO decided to celebrate 'World Literacy Day' on 8th September every year to raise awareness among individuals about education and to draw attention to it from people around the world.

When did the idea of celebrating International Literacy Day come up?
Although it was announced on October 26, 1966, the idea first came at the World Conference of Ministers on Education in Tehran, Iran. The conference was held in 1965 to discuss the launch of an awareness campaign around the world to eradicate illiteracy.

Why is International Literacy Day celebrated?
The main objective of celebrating International Literacy Day is to highlight the importance of literacy individually, in the community, and socially. On this day, people across the world are made aware of education so that they can improve their future tomorrow.

Where is India in terms of literacy?
According to a report based on NSO data, India has a literacy rate of 77.7 percent. Coming to rural areas of the country, the literacy rate is 73.5 percent as compared to 87.7 percent in urban areas. Kerala is the country's top state in terms of literacy, where 96.2 percent of the people are literate. Andhra Pradesh is at the lowest level in this case. The literacy rate is only 66.4 percent.

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