Preparatory meetup for International Literacy Day 2013 is kicked off.

interantioanl literacy 10th June 2013, it was the first ever preparatory meeting for coming international literacy day. The education activist/actor from different sector like private organizations, civil organizations and government experienced people gathered and start the discuss. The meeting had not any specific agenda but only concerned on upcoming literacy day. We talked in very details, we talked about the real status of education in Nepal limitation on unreached rural area.

 Education is the baseline for overall development, it create the sustainability to achieve goals. Education is for what we say skill and knowledge. Literacy is at the heart of basic education for all, and essential for eradicating poverty, reducing child mortality, curbing population growth, achieving gender equality and ensuring sustainable development, peace and democracy. Today we say Literacy is a human right, which help every one to empowering which leads the development of social and culture.

 Here is one statement from Irina Bokova, UNESCO Director General”

Education brings sustainability to all the development goals, and literacy is the foundation of all learning. It provides individuals with the skills to understand the world and shape it, to participate in democratic processes and have a voice, and also to strengthen their cultural identity. “  

 This explore the importance of literacy in individuals and nation.

 About the Day

  •  September 8 was proclaimed International Literacy Day by UNESCO on November 17, 1965. It was first celebrated in 1966.
  • For over 40 years now, UNESCO has been celebrating International Literacy Day by reminding the international community that literacy is a human right and the foundation of all learning.

  • Aim : to highlight the importance of literacy to individuals, communities and societies.

  • On International Literacy Day each year, UNESCO reminds the international community of the status of literacy and adult learning globally.

  • Celebrations take place around the world.

Some Facts in Literacy

  • Some 775 million adults lack minimum literacy skills; one in five adults is still not literate and two-thirds of them are women.

  • 60.7 million children are out-of-school and many more attend irregularly or drop out.

  • According to UNESCO’s “Global Monitoring Report on Education for All (2006)“,South and West Asia has the lowest regional adult literacy rate(58.6%), followed by sub-Saharan Africa (59.7%), and the Arab States (62.7%).


 2007 and 2008 was “Literacy and Health”

With prizes awarded to organizations at the forefront of health education

In particular, International Literacy Day 2008 had a strong emphasis on Literacy and Epidemics with a focus on communicable diseases such as HIV, Tuberculosis and Malaria, some of the world’s forefront public health concerns.

2009-2010 was “Literacy and Empowerment”

Special consideration was for Gender Equality and the empowerment of women.

2011-2012 was “Literacy and Peace”

2013 not decided

Literacy in Nepal


Literacy Rate (all)

Male Literacy

Female Literacy





age 15 and over can read and write (2010 census)




In year 2011

Highest literacy rate is reported in Kathmandu district (86.3%) and lowest in Rautahat (41.7%)

The net primary enrollment rate was 74% in 2005;  in 2009, that enrollment rate was at 90%.

However increasing access to secondary education (grades 9-12) remains a major challenge, as evidenced by the disturbingly low net enrollment rate of 24% at this level. More than half of primary students do not enter secondary schools, and only one-half of them complete secondary schooling.

In addition, fewer girls than boys join secondary schools and, among those who do join, fewer complete the 10th grade.

Reference :

“National Population and Housing Census 2011 (National Report)“, Central Bureau of Statistics (Nepal). Retrieved 26 November 2012.

Human Development Report 2010 – Nepal“, Retrieved 25 January 2011.

 “News & Broadcast – World Bank Supports School Sector Reforms in Nepal“, World Bank. 22 September 2009. Retrieved 20 June 2010.

Nepal – Overview“, World Bank. Retrieved 4 Feb 2013.