Aga Khan University marks literacy day in style

Friday September 8 2017

By Witness Robert @TheCitizenTz

Dar es Salaam. The Aga Khan University’s Institute for Educational Development (IED) has today, September 8, marked the International Literacy Day under the theme ‘Literacy in a digital world’.
In marking the day this year, IED conducted panel discussion with its faculty members discussing literacy in Tanzania, with a focus on the current state of literacy in the country as well as the institution’s efforts and involvement in improving literacy rates in Tanzania to encompass solutions and idea generation.
A small debate took place around a question of whether literacy in a digital world is driving or is it neglected.
Additionally, the IED library hosted a book exchange for IED staff with the aim of promoting new knowledge among members of staff, whilst replacing its old books with new ones.
The day is celebrated around the world to highlight literacy and to bring awareness to the importance of closing the literacy gap.
It is celebrated annually worldwide and brings together governments, multi-and bilateral organisations, non-governmental organizations, private sector, communities, teachers, learners and experts in the field of education.
The occasion is aimed at marking achievements that reflects on ways to counter challenges for the promotion of literacy as an integral part of lifelong learning within and beyond the 2030 Education Agenda.
Globally, the day looks for the kind of literacy skills people need to navigate the increasing digitally-mediated societies and to explore effective literacy policies and programs that can leverage the opportunities that the digital world provides.