Elizabeth Kiem is the online producer of unicefusa.org.
Today is International Literacy Day, and while we certainly want to celebrate the fact that there are 4 billion literate people in the world today, we must also concede that for far too many, the opportunity to learn to read and write is still a luxury.
A new UNICEF report discusses the gaps in achieving goals like universal primary education and gender equality for girls who are still passed over for education in the most marginalized communities.
UNICEF also worries about the impact of crises, natural and man-made, on the tenuous education systems in much of the world.
Listen to this podcast with Muqaddisa Mehreen, a UNICEF Education Specialist in Islamabad, and filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, who examines the toll of the current flood disaster on education in Pakistan and fears that “this generation … will grow up literally without schools.”
UNICEF is working around the clock in Pakistan to provide learning spaces and educational support, with a view not just to literacy, but to normalcy as well.
What you can do today to promote world literacy?