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International Literacy Day: Stakeholders poised to explore opportunities in a digital world

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Cameroon today September 8, joins the International community to commemorate International literacy day under the theme literacy in a digital world.

Activities to mark the day in Yaoundé will take place at the center for functional literacy in Ekonou. Meanwhile a global event will be taking place at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris, with the overall aim to look at what kind of literacy skills people need to navigate increasingly digitally mediate societies. The platform will also explore effective literacy and programs that can leverage the opportunities that the digital world provide.

According to UNESCO, “literacy is now understood as a means of identification, understanding, interpretation, creation, and communication in an increasingly digital, text-mediated, information-rich and fast-changing world”.

Digital technologies, going by UNESCO, have altered how people learn, live, work and interact. But unequal access to technologies also means that “the broader development benefits associated with the rapid technological advancement are unevenly distributed across and within countries”.

Also, figures from the UN’s International Telecommunications Union suggest that, in 2016, 53 percent of the world’s population was not using the internet. This year’s theme, analysts says give various stakeholders the opportunity to highlight the opportunities in the digital world as a means to reduce illiteracy


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