Published:  03:50 AM, 09 September 2019 Last Update: 03:53 AM, 09 September 2019

'Literacy rate up 21pc in last decade'

'Literacy rate up 21pc in last decade' Primary and Mass Education Ministry brought out a colorful procession in the city on Sunday marking the International Literacy Day. -Tarik Sajib

State Minister for Primary and Mass Education Md Zakir Hossen on Sunday said literacy rate increased by 21 percent in the last decade due to the government's relentless efforts.

Besides, the government has helped 5 million illiterate people above 15 years achieve fundamental literacy and given skill development training to half a million youths and elderly people from 15 to 45 years old, he said.

Md Zakir Hossen came up with the assertion while speaking as the chief guest at the program marking the International Literacy Day at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy auditorium.

The International Literacy Day was observed in a befitting manner in the country as elsewhere across the globe on Sunday. The day is annually observed by the member countries of the UN. UNESCO focused on the theme "Literacy and Multilingualism". Bangladesh observed this day with the slogan "Bohu Bhashay Shakkhorota, Unnoto Jiboner Nishchoyota".

A rally was also brought out from Press Club in the morning marking the day. Different government and private organizations chalked out various programs on the occasion. Special supplement was published and posters were released on this occasion.

Primary and Mass Education Secretary Md Akram-Al-Hossain chaired the function while Chairman of Parliamentary Standing Committee on Primary and Mass Education Mostafizur Rahman and Director General of Bureau of Non-Formal Education Tapan Kumar Ghosh, addressed the function.The country's Literacy rate now 73.9 present according to Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics.

The International Literacy Day was celebrated throughout the world marking the 54th anniversary of the World Congress of Ministers of Education on the Eradication of illiteracy, held in Tehran, Iran in 1965.

September 8 was declared as International Literacy Day at the 14th session of UNESCO's General Conference on 26 October in 1966.

Since 1967, celebrations have taken place annually around the world on this day to spread awareness about the importance of the literacy to individuals, society, and communities.

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