Each year, on September 8th, the world comes together to celebrate International Literacy Day—a day that resonates with the profound impact of reading and literacy on individuals and entire societies.This year the theme is ‘Promoting literacy for a world in transition: Building the foundation for sustainable and peaceful societies’.
At the heart of this global observance we stand staunch in our belief that literacy transcends being a mere skill; it is the key to dismantling barriers and unlocking boundless opportunities. On this World Literacy Day, AMWIK reaffirms an unwavering commitment to championing literacy and education as the cornerstones of empowerment and progress.
Literacy, a fundamental human right, is the catalyst for individual development and the advancement of communities and nations alike. It equips individuals with the necessary skills to make informed choices. In addition it enhances job prospects, and fosters active community engagement. Beyond these personal benefits, literacy is the cornerstone of social inclusion, gender equality, and economic growth. In a rapidly changing world, the ability to read, write, and comprehend is an essential tool.
AMWIK understands the transformative power that educated women and girls possess. This is clearly reflected in our programmes. AMWIK seeks to empower young women through mentorship, one of them being the Young Female Journalists Mentorship Programme which seeks to educate young and upcoming journalists on the trends in the industry and how to package stories as well.
With the waves shifting to the digital era, AMWIK also seeks to ensure digital literacy through training journalists on digital safety and security through the DW Akademie Women at Web project.
We extend a warm invitation to all to join us in recognizing the paramount significance of literacy and education on this World Literacy Day. Whether you are a teacher, student, parent, or concerned citizen, your participation can be the catalyst for change. Support local literacy programs, advocate tirelessly for universal access to high-quality education, and together, let us craft a world where everyone can read, write, and pursue their aspirations.
AMWIK is resolute in its dedication to shaping a society where literacy is not a privilege but a fundamental obligation. Together, let us turn the page toward a future where everyone is better educated and more prosperous.
Happy International Literacy Day!