As the world becomes increasingly digital, being to able to access technologies such as the internet and mobile phones comes with a set of new possibilities and challenges when it comes to literacy.
According to UNESCO, “literacy is now understood as a means of identification, understanding, interpretation, creation, and communication in an increasingly digital, text-mediated, information-rich and fast-changing world”.
Kenya Friday joined other UNESCO member States in marking the 51st International Literacy Day (ILD).
The Director of Adult and Continuing Education in the Ministry of Education, Irreneous Kinara said the day will be celebrated across the world under the theme of ‘Literacy in a digital world.’
National celebration of the event is being conducted at Isinya Multipurpose Development Institute in Kajiado County.
He said stakeholders and decision-makers from different parts of the world will use the day to examine how digital technology can help close the literacy gap and gain better understanding of the skills needed in today’s societies.
According to UNESCO Institute for Statistics, there are 750 million illiterate people around the world, 63% of whom are women, still lack basic reading and writing skills.
This population includes 102 million young people (aged 15-24), of whom 57% are female, according to UNESCO Institute for Statistics.