International Literacy Day 2023

Strategic measures imperative to achieve cent per cent literacy

Published : 07 Sep 2023 08:36 PM | Updated : 07 Sep 2023 08:36 PM

The International Literacy Day (ILD) is observed on September 8 every year. This day serves as a global reminder of the critical significance of literacy as a fundamental human right. This year ILD will be observed under the theme “Promoting literacy for a world in transition: Building the foundation for sustainable and peaceful societies”.

It is encouraging to note that the literacy rate in Bangladesh rose to 76.08 percent in September in 2023, up 1.42 percent over the correspondent period of previous year amounting to 74.66 percent. Over the last years, Bangladesh’s literacy rate has increased rapidly keeping the pace with the global rate. The country’s literacy rate has increased as the government took some pragmatic steps to address dropout problem and accrue the scope of learning. Now it is time for the government to look forward to attaining cent percent literacy.

All government and non-

government organisations 

should scale up strategic

 efforts and work in concert

 to achieve cent per cent literacy

Total literacy is the precondition to make people skilful human resources along with freeing the nation from unemployment problem. Taking the fact that there is no alternative to literacy for achieving the expected development goals into account, it is time to create more awareness among the people to make government's literacy campaign a success. In this regard, primary school teachers, social workers and media should play an instrumental role in gearing up the literacy campaign throughout the country to achieve cent percent literacy.

The government has been implementing a number of projects to increase the country's literacy rate. The Non-Formal Education Act-2014 has been enacted as well to facilitate the underprivileged people with education, create alternative opportunity of education to the children dropped out of schools and check school dropout rate. Also, a preamble on non-formal education development programme is being prepared to achieve the targets of Sustainable Development Goal-4.

Eradication of illiteracy is a continuous process. There is no denying that the government has made some commendable progress, but still a lot more needs to be done. Unfortunately, all our neighbouring countries have a higher literacy rate than ours. Among the South Asian nations, only Afghanistan and Pakistan are behind us in terms of literacy rate. Therefore, all government and non-government organisations should scale up strategic efforts and work in concert to achieve cent per cent literacy