The JDPC Archdiocese of Lagos in conjunction with Surulere Deanery organized a one-day seminar to commemorate the 2017 International Literacy Day at the JDPC Secretariat. The Theme of this year’s celebration is “LITERACY IN A DIGITAL WORLD”. The International Literacy Day is being celebrated across the world on 8th September, 2017 and it is a global event organized at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)’s headquarters in Paris, with the overall aim of looking at the kind of literacy skills people need to navigate increasingly digital society and to explore effective literacy policies and programmes that can leverage the opportunities that the digital world provides.
Digital technologies are fundamentally changing the way people live, work, learn and socialize everywhere at a record speed. They are giving new possibilities to people to improve on all areas of their lives including access to information, knowledge management, networking, social services, industrial production, and mode of work.
In order to close the literacy gap and reduce inequalities, a statement from UNESCO said that, this year’s International Literacy Day should highlight the challenges and opportunities in promoting literacy in the digital world – a world where, despite progress, at least 750 million adults and 264 million out-of-school children still lack basic literacy skills. “It is an occasion to mark achievements and reflect on ways to counter remaining challenges for the promotion of literacy as an integral part of lifelong learning within and beyond the 2030 Education Agenda,” said the UNESCO statement.
A host of discussants participated as speakers in event, also, participating schools and guests learnt about the importance of Literacy in a Digital World and how it can impact positively on the society. The JDPC Lagos Director, Rev. Fr. Raymond Anoliefo, presented his papers on The International Literacy Day’s Global Theme to the audience which comprised majorly children from various schools in Lagos State as well as members of JDPC Lagos Archdiocese. Other speakers also presented their papers in line with the global theme. The papers were insightful and thought-provoking. At the end of the program, the students and all those in attendance expressed their prospects towards the new possibilities opened to them to improve on all areas of their lives as stated earlier.
About seventy-two (72) participants attended the program.