The impact of the COVID19 pandemic on all branches of learning has been massive. This was also visible through the silent world literacy day celebrations. The struggle to keep up is visible among all sections, from Kindergarten to Post-graduate students. As India inches closer to her seventh month as a partially closed down nation, there is little to celebrate.

While India’s literacy rate has remained a cause of worry for decades now, the current pandemic has generated new problems. These may contribute to further deterioration of literacy numbers, as the picture, particularly in rural India seems bleak. However, at the same time a ray of hope appears in the form of digital India initiatives. It is essential to acknowledge the determination with which the Indian teaching fraternity and the government has taken to combating dropout rates and literate sections of society that were previously unreachable.

The World Literacy day theme for 2020 is ‘Literacy teaching and learning in the COVID-19 crisis and beyond.’ People of repute from all walks of life have tweeted messages urging communities to understand the importance of literacy and it’s role in strengthening a nation.

A brief overview of who said what :

UN Women

Ministry of Education

Home Minister Amit Shah

Former Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje

MLA and former Actor Hema Malini



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