‘International Literacy Day’ at AMU

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Aligarh : The ‘International Literacy Day’ observations on the theme, ‘Transforming Literacy Learning Spaces’ to highlight the importance of literacy and to throw light on issues that exist and affect local communities took place at the Centre of Continuing and Adult Education and Extension (CCAEE), Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) on September 8.

“The observations of the Literacy Day at AMU will go a long way in creating awareness on the importance of literacy for the betterment of communities, societies, and individuals. It will also highlight the positive effects of a higher literacy rate”, said AMU Pro Vice Chancellor, Prof Mohammad Gulrez.

He pressed for reminding the masses of the importance of literacy as a matter of dignity and human rights, and for advancing the literacy agenda towards a more literate and sustainable society.

On the occasion, Prof Gulrez shared that the CCAEE will soon convert into a University Department to brighten up the prospects of the learners.

Speaking to the stakeholders, the Chief Guest, Prof Zakia Siddiqui (Founding Director, Advanced Centre for Women Studies, AMU) stressed for striving hard for the right to education and other rights.

“Women should not surrender to any discrimination that holds them back in education and emancipation. They must fearlessly fight for the right to education”, she said.

Prof Aysha Munira Rasheed (Deputy Director, CCAEE) pointed out: “Through literacy, one can slowly eradicate poverty, unemployment and gender inequality, and also help promote human rights in areas and societies that have been suffering due to a lack of knowledge of rights”.

Dr Shamim Akhtar discussed the origin of literacy day and extended the vote of thanks.

A total of 70 learners attended the programme and participated in the ‘Best out of Waste’ competition under the Nation-wide Swacchta Pakhwada campaign. They also delivered speeches and sang songs on literacy promotion.

Meanwhile, students of the Nursing College performed a Nukkad Natak (Street Play) to spread awareness on the need for intensified efforts towards more literate societies.

Speaking at the Literacy Day function of the Nursing College, Prof Farha Azmi (Principal) urged students to keep engaging in awareness activities on literacy.

She said: “Students are the best messengers to spread awareness on social issues and their voice leaves an impact. Let us take the platform of this day to make people rethink the fundamental importance of literacy learning spaces for building resilience and ensuring quality, equitability and inclusive education for all”.

Prof Farha also distributed certificates to the participants.

 

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