“International Literacy Day” is an international observance, celebrated each year on 8 September as declared by UNESCO on 26th October 1966 at the 14th session of UNESCO’s General Conference. It was celebrated for the first time in 1967. Its aim is to highlight the importance of literacy to individuals, communities and societies. According to UNESCO some 775 million people lack basic literacy skills; one in five adults are still not literate and two-thirds of them are women; 60.7 million children are out-of-school and many more attend irregularly or drop out.
Uttaranchal University aims to become the centre of excellence in the realm of higher education in India and serve the nation by empowering it with education but it can all start when there is minimum literacy level present among people and with a zeal of spreading the awareness for literacy and education the University organized an “Essay Writing Competition” on the International Literacy Day.
The students echoed their opinions that poverty can only be eliminated from the country through the spread of education. More and more students especially girls must be encouraged to pursue higher education for making the country proud. More than sixty students chose to participate in the essay competition. The duration of the competition was around one hour in which the students expressed their analysis on how to build the country through education.
The event was organized by the NSS Wing of the University and the volunteers were thanked by all the students and participants for organizing such an event to give an opportunity to express their opinions freely through the essay writing competition. The winners were awarded certificates as an appreciation of their effort.