Read, Write & Think – International Literacy Day Special

“The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read.”

Sep 8 is celebrated as International Literacy Day. On this day, Radio Olive presents few facts about literacy day.

  • The International Literacy Day was decided by the UNESCO on November 7 in the year 1965
  • The day was first celebrated in the year 1966 on September 8
  • The theme of International Literacy Day 2015 is Literacy and Sustainable Societies
  • According to 2011 census, the top five most literate states are: Kerala with a literacy rate of 93.91 percent, Lakshadweep at 92.28 percent, Mizoram at 91.58 percent, Tripura at 87.75 percent and Goa at 87.40 percent
  • The University of Oxford is the world’s oldest English-speaking university.
  • The University of Cambridge is known as the second-oldest university in the English-speaking world.
  • Students are over 4 times more likely to drop out of school if they are unable to read proficiently by the 3rd grade.
  • Countries that have 100% literacy rates include Finland, Greenland, North Korea, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Norway, and Vatican City.
  • Children who are born to educated mothers are less likely to be malnourished or stunted. Each additional year of maternal education decreases the child mortality rate by 2%.

It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. – Aristotle