September 8 is the official International Literacy Day and it is celebrated around the globe as a way to raise the awareness about this important topic.  The United Nations (UN) has set this date for advocating the benefits of literacy and to identify ways to mobilize resources for eliminating illiteracy, especially in the Least Developed Countries (LDC) like Nepal. Since its inception, countries like Nepal celebrate this day  by organizing special programs with schools across the country.

Our mentors and scholars ready for their performance.

Our mentors and scholars ready for their performance.

September 8 was declared as International Literacy Day by the United Nations Education, Science and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 1965. The day was designed to highlight and discuss the status of global literacy at the international arena.

Community Learning Center (CLC) Pharping, initiated by United Nations Education, Science and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and A School for Community (ASC) is one of the regular participants of this celebration. This year’s celebration was organized at Nepal Academy Hall in the capital city of Kathmandu where guests included some of the top leaders in the country like the Prime Minister, Minister of Education, and Minister of Finance of Nepal. The other invitees were representatives of UNESCO, representatives of other donor agencies, and key members from the Ministry of Education. This year, thanks to CLC Pharping, Rukimini Foundation’s scholars were able to participate in this important event.

Statistics from 2011 show that 775 million adults and 122 million children are illiterate worldwide. A majority of which are women and mainly from the Least Developed Countries. UNESCO

8 of our Rukmini Foundation scholars took part in a performance designed to spread the positive message of literacy. In addition, our two mentors (Rashmita and Pramila) took part in an inspirational song that stressed the importance of education. This original song performed by the mentors was written by Mr. Kedar Nath Acharya, the Selection Committee head of Rukmini Foundation.

At the end of the program, CLC Pharping was given a special award for its active role in enhancing the literacy rate in the Pharping region. This award is quite an achievement and our foundation is very proud to be associated with such an institution. Our scholars and mentors expressed their gratitude for being a part of this fabulous international literacy day celebration.

Key members of the Nepali government took part in this event.

Key members of the Nepali government took part in this event.

Dikshya – Rukmini Scholar: “We saw our Prime minister and other ministers too. We also saw so many distinguished members of our society. We are very proud and happy to perform before such people. We have never done this kind of performance before and being able to do so gives us all more confidence.”

We believe that this kind of exposure is very important for the personal growth for both mentors and scholars, and our foundation is very fortunate to be associated with various community organizations that are working to make a positive difference in the world.

To learn more about International Literacy Day and the benefits of literacy according to the Director General of UNESCO, please click here.

Progam Manager, Rukmini Foundation

About Nabin Aryal

Dr. Nabin Aryal led the foundation’s work in Nepal from the inception till April 2015. He is now serving as a special adviser from his new home in Myanmar where he works with the US and Nepal Teams to provide strategic guidance for the foundation. He received a PhD in Economics from Hitotsubashi University and has been managing NGO programs in underdeveloped areas in Nepal, India and Sri Lanka and has extensive experience in grassroots development efforts.
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