September 8:International Literacy Day

Date: September 08, 2016

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The world is celebrating 50th International Literacy Day on September 8 under the banner "Reading the Past, Writing the Future".

The International Literacy Day 2016 honored the past five decades of national and international engagement, efforts and progress made to increase literacy rates around the world.

It also aimed to address current challenges and look for innovative solutions to further boost literacy in the future.

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Literacy in India

As per the latest Census 2011 report, the illiteracy rate in India is 22 per cent.
Jains are the most literate community above 7 years of age among religious communities with 86.73 per cent of them as literate and only 13.57 per cent as illiterate.
Illiteracy is highest in Muslims (42.72 per cent) while Hindus are at 36.40 per cent, 32.49 per cent among Sikhs, 28.17 per cent among Buddhists and 25.66 per cent among Christians.
About 61.6 per cent men and 38.4 per cent women have studied up to graduation or above.
As per UNESCO’s new Global Education Monitoring (GEM) report, India is expected to achieve universal primary education in 2050, universal lower secondary education in 2060 and universal upper secondary education in 2085.
According to 2011 census, Kerala is the most literate state with 93.91 per cent, Lakshadweep at 92.28 per cent, Mizoram at 91.58 per cent, Tripura at 87.75 percent and Goa at 87.40 percent
Bihar and Telangana have the lowest liteacy with only 63.82 percent and 66.50 percent literate people respectively.
In 2014, the literacy rate of India increased by 10 percent.
India’s literacy rate has increased six times since the end of the British rule — from 12 per cent to 74 per cent in 2011. However, India has the world’s largest population of illiterates.