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ALECSO Statement on International Literacy Day

On September 8th of each year, the world celebrates International Literacy Day. As a global partner in combating illiteracy and curbing its impact on individuals and communities, ALECSO celebrates this event and reminds the international community that promoting literacy is of crucial importance for individuals, and that more efforts should be invested to ensure secure, stable and productive communities. This can be achieved only by providing those communities with literacy and numeracy skills, and with access to technology and to the digital world.
Most statistics, including those published by the ALECSO Observatory, reveal that there are millions of illiterate people in the Arab World. This is an indication that progress in this area has been slow, and that the results achieved are not up to the efforts invested.
Today, the world is presented with a new opportunity that really needs to be seized, so that it will not be just another missed opportunity. It is the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, particular SDG 4, Target 4.6 of which aims at ensuring, by 2030, that all youth and a substantial proportion of adults, both men and women, achieve literacy and numeracy. This requires informed harmonization between national achievements and the relevant international legal and legislative standards. It also involves adopting an Arab reference framework that meets the requirements of the digital age and the communication revolution, and bridges the legislative and regulatory gap, in order to address the problem of millions of young people at school age who are deprived of education.
This framework will then serve to develop new educational policies that take into consideration the needs of illiterate adults, through diversifying contents and developing adequate training programs. This is, in fact, what ALECSO is currently working on, in coordination with Arab States and its partners, including international and regional organizations and institutions working toward ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education and promoting lifelong learning opportunities for all.
These requirements can be met by ensuring quality, comprehensive, and inclusive education for both women and men, and providing all children with basic life skills, while taking into consideration the needs of the labor market. This is a prerequisite to meeting the challenge of eliminating illiteracy, combating multidimensional poverty and bringing down its rate, improving quality of life, and ensuring a secure and stable Arab society, capable of keeping pace with the movement of progress and evolution in the world.
ALECSO, which has strived, since its inception in 1970, to combat illiteracy through its plans and programs, seizes this opportunity to highlight the strategic role it undertakes, in all its fields of competence, to address the major challenges confronting the Arab World, and to establish effective solutions and plans that help to cope with these challenges and overcome their adverse effects. It notes that its initiative for the education of Arab children in conflict areas and under occupation, launched in 2017 with the aim of protecting millions of children from falling into the clutches of illiteracy, reflects its commitment to work jointly with Member States and in coordination with its partners to find adequate solutions and approaches to effectively address the problem of illiteracy.