International Literacy Day and UNESCO International Literacy Prizes 2020

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Today is World Literacy Day, a day to highlight the importance of equal access to education. This year, the theme of Literacy Day is literacy teaching and learning in the COVID-19 crisis and beyond, with a focus on the role of educators and changing pedagogies. UNESCO host a webinar to celebrate the day, International Literacy Day and UNESCO International Literacy Prizes 2020

You can join Join the UNESCO webinar later today for a celebration of #LiteracyDay today and learn more about literacy teaching and learning during COVID -19.

The webinar International Literacy Day and UNESCO International Literacy Prizes 2020 takes place on Sep 8, 2020 at 1:30pm.
Register here.

Here in Ireland President Higgins has made literacy and education one of the key themes of his Presidency. The President has hosted teachers and educators at Áras an Uachtaráin and visited many schools and colleges. In his speeches, the President has spoken about the need to cultivate independent thought, and to create mechanisms to ensure that everyone has access to life-long learning opportunities. He has consistently argued that schools should not be viewed as places to educate future workers, but as places to empower future engaged, informed and active citizens.

According to President Higgins, access to education is vital, not just for the empowerment and advancement of individuals, but also as a crucial pre-condition for the democratic functioning of communities and societies.

“Adult education is about empowerment. It is about acquiring the tools and skills – be they basic literacy and numeracy or more elaborate knowledge – that will enable us to think and act more consciously and critically. Indeed education is essential to the sharpening of our critical capacity, our ability to challenge the inevitability of that which is too often presented as given and unchangeable.”
– President Higgins, speaking at the Dundrum Adult Education Centre, 3 February 2015 is Ireland’s largest independent for courses in Ireland. We list full-time and part-time courses of all types so that you can find the best course for you.

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