The problems caused by illiteracy affects so many aspects of human life and can also have an adverse effect on a person’s future.

September 8th: International Literacy Day


Illiteracy has a lot of repercussions on people who are illiterates and the way they live their lives daily. The problems caused by illiteracy affects so many aspects of human life and can also have an adverse effect on a person’s future. It is in a bid to curb or reduce these risks that the United Nations created the International Literacy Day.


International Literacy Day is loaded with so many benefits for humanity as it opens us up to the benefits of being literate. Literacy in its different aspects has a lot of benefits, they include poverty alleviation, crime reduction, economy boost, improved health, involvement in democracy and much more.


This Day was created so as to raise awareness for the need to improve world literacy and also to tackle literacy challenges as literacy is one of the major focuses of the 2030 agenda for Sustainable Development agreed upon by leaders across the world. 


2019 Theme for International Literacy Day is “Literacy and Multilingualism”.  This is to address the various challenges hindering access to literacy in different parts of the world. The purpose is also to ensure all young people have access to literacy and numeracy and that adults who lack these skills have access to them.


Peace and Conflict Resolution Resource Centre (PEACrEc) call on Governments, Stakeholders, Civil societies to rise up to their responsibilities in improving the rate of literacy and overcome its challenges, as a literate society will foster a peaceful nation and a peaceful world in the long run.