The Anambra State Library Board has joined its counterparts around the world in commemorating International Literacy Day.
The celebration which took place at Professor Kenneth Dike Awka’s Central Library, attracted pupils and students from primary and secondary schools in Awka and surrounding areas who presented different presentations to mark the day.
Speaking at the event, Anambra State Library Services Director Dr. Nkechi Udeze said that literacy is one of the essential facilities of life.
She noted that literacy makes individuals useful to themselves and to society.
Dr Udeze said the essence of celebrating the day with schoolchildren was to bring them together, educate them on the need to be literate and encourage them to be serious about their studies. According to her, literacy is the wheel that will take them to a higher pedestal in life’s endeavours.
Dr. Udeze explained that acquiring literacy in this century goes beyond classroom instruction.
She said that people can be at home and receive lectures since the world is a global village with the help of information and communication technologies ICT.
She urged them to comply with ICTs and develop the habit of reading to broaden their knowledge and be able to contribute to the development of society.
A keynote speaker from Nnamdi Azikiwe University in Awka, Dr Amaka Nwofor, said the day was instituted by UNESCO in 1967 to raise awareness of people’s basic rights to literacy.
She noted that literacy is the hallmark of all human activity in society, as education, growth, health, societal development, empowerment, economy and family growth depend on literacy.
Dr. Nwofor argued that literacy has evolved from reading and writing to multilingualism, including information and communication literacy, cultural literacy and digital literacy.
She urged education stakeholders to raise awareness about the need to be literate.
The theme for this year’s celebration is “Transforming learning spaces into literacy”.