New Delhi, September 8: Speaking on the occasion of international literacy day in New Delhi on Friday, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu said that Education empowered individuals to know their rights and educating the uneducated is the sacred duty of every individual.
“Education gives you knowledge; it gets you your entitlement, it makes you understand what is due to you,” he said.
Naidu reminded the nation of the importance of literacy and its role as the accelerator. He quoted Mahatma Gandhi and said, “mass illiteracy is a sin and shame which must be liquidated.”
The Vice President suggested ways to achieve universal literacy; firstly to improve the quality of pre-primary and school education; secondly, we must provide opportunities for learning to those who have never been to school or have dropped out of school.
He said that Neo-literates, majority of who are women, will be the ambassadors of our programme leading towards making Saakshar Bharat a Saksham Bharat.
He further said that we must use technology to make the literacy programmes more effective. Digital learning materials can address the diverse learning needs of different age groups more effectively, he added.
He said that literacy learning can be made more meaningful if it is linked to the daily lives of the learners. He further said that community learning centres can become the hubs of literacy learning and community empowerment.
United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) on 26 October 1966, gathered for the 14th general conference and proclaimed that September 8 will be celebrated as International Literacy Day.