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Sunsari Declared a Fully Literate District
3/5/2018 4:20:05 PM

Kathmandu, 5 March 2018- Sunsari was declared a fully literate district on 27 February 2018 with a literacy rate of 95.5 percent. Honorable Sherdhan Rai, the Chief Minister of Province No. 1, announced the declaration during a programme organised by the District Education Office and supported by UNESCO and Plan International. Honorable Rai promised to continue fully supporting education in the Sunsari district and the wider province.

Sunsari is now the 45th fully literate district in the country.

District Education Officer Khagendra Subedi stated that out of a population of 763,470  the district has 117,402 literate people between the ages of 15 and 60, missing only 5650 people from that age group. Sunsari district has two sub metropolitan cities, four municipalities and six rural municipalities. Subedi appreciated the work of Community Learning Centres in conducting literacy classes through continuous learning programmes. He thanked UNESCO, Plan International and other organisations for their support towards this achievement. 

Experts have noted that, while this is a great achievement, there still remains a great challenge to maintain this literacy rate in the district, as the role of the local level government is changing. All agreed that there should be a strong coordination between the government entities and other non-government organisations to maintain this positive momentum and lead the district towards digital literacy.

Prior to the declaration, pamphlets were distributed and rallies were organised from different Schools and Community Learning Centres.  Ministers, members of parliament, a spokesperson from Province No. 1, mayors and heads of all the local municipalities, a representative from UNESCO and other stakeholders were present at the ceremony.

UNESCO supported the event under the project funded by Koica.

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