September 8th was proclaimed as International Literacy Day (ILD) at the 14th session of UNESCO’s General Conference on 26 October 1966. Since 1967, International Literacy Day (ILD) celebrations have taken place annually around the world. The celebrations are aimed at:
- Reminding the public of the importance of literacy as a matter of dignity and human rights, and
- Advancing the literacy agenda towards a more literate and sustainable society.
The 2019 International Literacy Day (ILD, September 8) was aimed to promote literacy as part of the right to education, as well as a foundation for individuals’ empowerment and inclusive and sustainable development. With the specific theme of ‘Literacy and Multilingualism’, ILD2019 presented an opportunity to rethink the fundamental importance of the language and its diversity for both individuals and society.
Knls Lusumu Library was sponsored by BAI to facilitate appropriate organization of literacy promotion activities. The celebrations were held at the library grounds and attracted pupils from seven schools, teachers, adult learners, community members and the leadership of the region drawn from the religious, administrative and political fields. The chief guest was the Kakamega Governor who was represented by his deputy HE Prof Philip Kutima, and accompanied by other County Government Officials. Navakholo Area Member of Parliament Hon Emmanuel Wangwe was also present.
In addition to financial support, BAI also donated 600 books for use as gifts to schools and individuals who won in the different reading promotion activities. The Chief Guest in his speech acknowledged that the library is a focal pillar in the growth and development of people.