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International Literacy Day 2011

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International Literacy Day 2011

12.09.2011

Mr. A.K. Abdul Momen, Ambassador of Bangladesh to the United Nations, speaking about achievements and challenges on reaching the six Education for All goals in Bangladesh by 2015.

On 8 September every year, International Literacy Day reminds us of the status of literacy and adult learning worldwide. According to recent figures from 2009, 793 million adults lack basic literacy skills, the majority are girls and women. A further 67 million children of primary school age are not in primary school and 72 million adolescents of lower secondary school age are also missing out their right to an education, running the risk of creating a new generation of illiterates. In Asia-Pacific, the majority of adult illiterates are concentrated in a small number of countries with large populations; Bangladesh with 49 million adult illiterates is one of these countries. UNESCO Bangkok conducted an interview with Mr. A.K. Abdul Momen, Ambassador of Bangladesh to the United Nations, about how education changed his life and on why everybody should have the right to an education.