Literacy enhancement as a career choice

Ranjan K Baruah
Education is the key for any social change or positive development. We know that rapidly changing global context took a new meaning over the past years, hampering the progress of global literary efforts. In the aftermath of the pandemic, nearly 24 million learners might never return to formal education, out of which, 11 million are projected to be girls and young women. To ensure no one is left behind, we need to enrich and transform the existing learning spaces through an integrated approach and enable literacy learning in the perspective of lifelong learning.
We are aware that 8th September is observed as International Literacy Day (ILD) and this year’s theme is “Transforming Literacy Learning Spaces” which is an opportunity to rethink the fundamental importance of literacy learning spaces to build resilience and ensure quality, equitable, and inclusive education for all. Since 1967, ILD celebrations have taken place annually around the world to remind the public of the importance of literacy as a matter of dignity and human rights, and to advance the literacy agenda towards a more literate and sustainable society.
The irony and the challenge is that despite progress made, literacy challenges persist with at least 771 million young people and adults lacking basic literacy skills today and this brings opportunity for all those who want to make their career related to literacy.
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