Saakshar Bharat Puraskaar on International Literacy Day – 2017 (Download PDF)

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The International Literacy Day (ILD) is observed every year on 8 September to emphasize literacy to individuals, society, and communities. This year is 51st International Literacy Day.

Map of Literacy in World
  • The theme for this year is ‘Literacy in a digital world’ .

Saakshar Bharat Puraskaar - 2017

  • The National level function to celebrate 51st International Literacy Day was organised by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, in New Delhi today.
  • Saakshar Bharat Awards - 2017 were presented to the winners at state, district and panchayat level. for promoting literacy at grass root levels.
  • Instituted to encourage a healthy competition for better performance among the programme implementing and support agencies.
  • Recognize the achievements and invaluable contributions of functionaries and volunteers in the field of adult education and skill development.
  • Each Award carries a trophy and a certificate.
  • 11 Saakshar Bharat Awards were given this year.

Literacy in India

  • Government committed to implementation of the 2030 UN Agenda for Sustainable Development. which envisages a “world with universal literacy” . 2030 Target set in the agenda is focused on youth and adult literacy.
  • Nearly 35 crore Indian youth and adults illiterate world.
  • Literacy rate increased from 18 % in 1947 to 81 %

Path Forward

  • Improve the quality of pre-primary and school education
  • Provide opportunities for learning to those who have never been to school or have dropped out of school.
  • Next year government will start ′ School Chalo Abhiyan programme to overcome remaining 19 % illiteracy
  • Government targeting 100 % literacy and 100 % digital literacy by 2022
  • Shift from functional literacy to working literacy - financial literacy and digital literacy etc.

According to Ms. Irina Bokova, Director - General, UNEsCO

“International Literacy Day offers a moment to review the progress and come together to tackle the challenges ahead. Digitally-mediated knowledge societies are changing what it means to be literate, calling for new and higher-level literacy skills. Therefore, this year, the event is devoted to better understanding the type of literacy required in a digital world to build more inclusive, equitable and sustainable societies.”

Winners of Saakshar Bharat Awards - 2017

Table Contain Shows the Winners of Saakshar Bharat Awards 2017
SLMA (State)1. State Literacy Mission Authority, Bhopal, MP.
Zilla Lok Shiksha Samitis (Districts)
  1. Jashpur District of Chhattisgarh
  2. Dantewada District of Chhattisgarh
  3. Tikamgarh District of Madhya Pradesh
Gram Panchayat Lok Shiksha Samitis (GPLSSs)1. Vellampalli Gram Panchayat, Parakala Block, Warangal Rural Dist. , Telangana

2. Karmaha Gram Panchayat, Surguja, Chhattisgarh

3. Dumari Kalan Gram Panchayat, Majorganj Block, Sitamarhi Dist. , Bihar

4. Temri Gram Panchayat, Dharsiva Block, Raipur Dist. , Chhattisgarh

5. Gadamallaiah Guda Gram Panchayat, Yacharam Block, Ranga Reddy Dist. , Telangana

Resource Support Organisations
  1. State Resource Center, Indore, Madhya Pradesh
  2. Jan Shikshan Sansthan, Mahbubnagar, Telangana

History of International Literacy Day

  • On this day, in year 1965, World Congress of Ministers of Education met in Tehran for first time to discuss the programme of education at international level.
  • The UNESCO in its 14th Session in November 1966 declared 8th September as International Literacy Day.

- Published/Last Modified on: October 11, 2017

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