Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga, together with Western Cape Education MEC Debbie Schafer, will commemorate the day at Masivuke Primary School in Phillipi, Cape Town.
September the 8th is proclaimed International Literacy Day by the United Nations Education Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).
The theme for this year is “Literacy and Sustainable Societies”.
“As a main focal point of the department is literacy, reading and the promotion of library services have culminated in the departments ‘Drop All and Read’ campaign which seeks to ensure a culture of reading is instilled in learners, parents and communities alike,” the department said on Monday.
Meanwhile, the United Nations has emphasised that literacy is essential to reach the newly-proposed Sustainable Development Goal on promoting inclusive and equitable quality education and lifelong learning for all.
It also called on all governments to adopt a new agenda for education and development to guide the next 15 years.
“Promoting literacy must stand at the heart of this new agenda. By empowering individual women and men, literacy helps to advance sustainable development across the board – from better healthcare and food security to eradicating poverty and promoting decent work,” the UN said on Monday.
Today worldwide, 757 million adults still lack basic literacy skills – two thirds are women.
The number of out-of-school children and adolescents is on the rise, standing at 124 million worldwide – while some 250 million children of primary school age are failing to master basic literacy skills even in schooling