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Harnessing literacy as a development accelerator and a force for peace in Nepal Official statement to mark International Literacy Day, 8 September 2011
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Literacy is a development accelerator and a force for peace in Nepal. However, too many people in the country still cannot read and write and hence not fully participate in the peace and development process. International Literacy Day is celebrated annually on 8 September under the motto: “Literacy for Peace”. This yearly celebration has special significance for Nepal and provides an opportunity to promote the importance of literacy for social inclusion that the Comprehensive Peace Agreement defines as at the heart of the peace process. More than 7.6 million people in Nepal, or more than 43 per cent of the country’s adult population, are at risk of being excluded from the peace and development process as they are illiterate. The female population accounts for a substantial proportion of this figure; an estimated 5.1 million women in Nepal cannot read and write. A great number of primary and lower secondary school age children are also missing out on their right to an education, thereby running the risk of creating a new generation of illiterate people. All of them are excluded from the benefits of literacy, which opens doors to better livelihoods, improved health and expanded opportunities. Being illiterate, these people are excluded from taking an active role in their communities and building more secure futures for their families. They are also particularly vulnerable to discriminatory practices.

UNESCO ,   (2011 )
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Press Release in English
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 UNESCO : Educational, Scientific and Cultural
11.01.00  -  Educational Policy And Planning
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