International Literacy Day today

DHAKA : International Literacy Day will be celebrated today in the country as elsewhere in the world, reports BSS.
To mark the day, various programmes will be chalked out at government and private levels. This year’s theme of the day is “Literacy and Sustainable Societies.”
President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday gave separate messages marking the day.
The President stressed the need for building an illiteracy-free Bangladesh for overall development of the country.
“The people of all walks of life irrespective of their political affiliations should work together to free the country from illiteracy and it is the pledge of this year’s International Literacy Day,” he said in a message on the eve of the International Literacy Day-2015.
The Prime Minister called upon all to work together to attain hundred per cent literacy rate and turn every citizen of the country into a human resource.
“The well-educated and skilled human resources are inevitable for institutionalization of democracy and overall development of the country,” she added.
September 8 was proclaimed International Literacy Day by UNESCO on November 17, 1965. It was first celebrated in 1966. Its aim is to highlight the importance of literacy to individuals, communities and societies.
The Day each year, UNESCO reminds the international community of the status of literacy and adult learning globally. Celebrations take place around the world.