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The International Literacy Day, marked by UNESCO, is an event celebrated on 8 September every year to highlight the importance of literacy in our everyday lives. This is the key to opening access to learning and comprehension and contributes to a sustainable future for all by empowering individuals, communities and societies. 

Literacy is a part of Sustainable Development Goal 4, which aims to “ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all” (SDG Target 4.6). It supports our mission to provide quality and equitable education for all citizens from early childhood to adult literacy.

 Literacy is the key to education and is supported by our teachers throughout the education continuum. We call on parents to support their children as they learn to read and write and to engage actively in their education to complement the work done by teachers in schools.

 Through our Library Services support is provided to community libraries and to the schools so that students and community members have access to books and increasingly, online learning. Over time, we hope to provide Literacy for Everyone, Everywhere.

 The Ministry of Education Heritage and Arts encourages the commemoration of International Literacy Day annually to mark the importance of literacy, with a strong emphasis on our vernacular and conversational languages.

 With parents, teachers, community members and teachers working together, we can produce a strong foundation for literacy in Fiji and set our students on the road to achieving their dreams.

I wish you all a very interactive International Literacy day, one which energises the mind and intrigues the soul. Quoting from Kofi Annan, the former Secretary General of the United Nations: “Literacy is, finally, the road to human progress and the means through which every man, woman and child can realize his or her full potential”.

Ends (06/09/19)

 Hon. Rosy Akbar, Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts