Día de las antorchas

September 8 International Literacy Day.

UNESCO proclaimed September 8 International Literacy Day, an activity that is commemorated with a parade of torches around the world, representing the light that illuminates the lives of all citizens. It allows us to remember the importance of literacy, to achieve a sustainable society in all aspects of life.

In 1966, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (internationally abbreviated as UNESCO) proclaimed September 8 International Literacy Day, to give the required importance to educational learning, especially reading and writing. Of every citizen of the world, remembering that knowing how to read and write makes us free, to think and make better decisions.

Since 1967, International Literacy Day has been celebrated every year around the world to remind the public of the importance of literacy as a factor of dignity and human rights. As well as to advance the literacy agenda for a society to be more educated and sustainable.

Despite the achievements made, the challenges persist, since 773 million adults in the world today do not have basic literacy skills.

Celebrations in 2022

The changing global context has taken a new turn in recent years, hampering the progress of global literary efforts. In the wake of the pandemic, nearly 24 million students may never return to formal education, of which 11 million are expected to be girls and young women. To ensure that no one is left behind, we must enrich and transform existing learning spaces. We should do this through an integrated approach and enable literacy learning in the perspective of lifelong learning.

This year’s International Literacy Day (2022) was celebrated around the world under the theme “Transforming Literacy Learning Spaces”. And  San Jeronimo Bilingual School was a part of this commemorative day by attending torches parade/Desfiles de las antorchas which took place in Cofradia with the attendance of over 10 schools from the rural areas of Cofradia.