International Literacy Day 2020 | In search for educational solutions in the Covid-19 crisis

In 2020, International Literacy Day will focus on literacy teaching and learning in the COVID-19 crisis and beyond, with a highlight on the role of educators and the change of teaching strategies.

Durig the Covid-19 pandemic, most of the adult literacy programmes have been suspended. This year’s theme will approach literacy from the lifelong learning angle and will therefore focus on young people and adults.

The actual edition provides an opportunity to reflect on and discuss innovative and efficient teaching techniques for literacy programmes targeting young people and adults during the pandemic and after it.

Another opportunity is to analyze the role of the educators and adequate policies to help them support learning. UNESCO will organize a virtual global meeting on this purpose.

International Literacy Day is celebrated yearly on September 8. The observance was initiated at the World Congress of Ministers of Education on the Eradication of Literacy, at Tehran, Iran, in 1965.

The observance has been held yearly since 1967, to remind the public of the importance of literacy as a dignity and human rights issue. At present, there are at least 773 million illiterate adults in the world.

The Romanian Orthodox Church is constantly involved in preventing school abandonment in Romania. One of the most important projects of the Romanian Patriarchate was Alege Școala!  (“Chose School!”), with 28,854 beneficiaries.

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