This year world is celebrating 50th International Literacy Day under the banner “Reading the past, Writing the Future”. It was first celebrated in year 1966, when UNESCO proclaimed September 8 as the International Literacy Day.
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The main idea behind the event was to promote literacy and empower individuals, communities and societies.
As per reports, the main celebration will take place at UNESCO Headquarters, Paris in a form of two –day conference on September 8- 9. As per the latest census of 2011, the illiteracy rate in India is 22 percent.
Notably, Jains are the most literate community of India. According to reports, about 61.6 percent men and 38.4 percent women have studied up to graduation or above.