Today is World Literacy Day
8. September 2017
World Literacy Day is held on the 8th of September every year. The holiday serves as a reminder of the problems of illiteracy. Across the globe, an approximate 860 million adults are unable to properly read and write. Especially affected are women, as they make up two thirds of this number.
This day of remembrance was brought into existence by the UNESCO in connection to the world conference for the elimination of illiteracy in September of 1965, and first held in 1966: Ever since then, the UNESCO points out the social and economical consequences of illiteracy through numerous events.
It was clear from the start to the founders of Chimfunshi Wildlife Orphanage Trust and Chimfunshi Deutschland, how important an education in reading and writing is. For this reason a school was built for the children of Chimfunshi’s employees. This school has been growing for the last couple of years – it now has four teachers instead of one, and is visited by many students from the area. We are extra proud that as of late, we not only have a primary, but also a secondary school.