The International literacy day is celebrated 8th September every year, it is celebrated to educate the public on issues of concern, to mobilize political will and resources to address global problems, and to celebrate and reinforce achievements of humanity.
This year’s theme is “Literacy and Multilingualism.”
During this year’s occasion, Soroptimist International is partnering the City Library to educate the Almajiris and Abuja street cleaners on reasons why they should get educated.
In her opening remark, president of group , Dr. Victoria Pillah said the right to education doesn’t recognize race, age, gender or nationality yet most uneducated people are women/girls. She said education should be taken from anyone because it is basic human right.
“If we can educate a boy, we educate an individual but if we educate a girl, we educate a family and a whole nation”
The president also stated that an educated girl is less inclined to early pregnancy and HIV & AIDS in her teenage years.
She encouraged women to try and give their children the quality education they deserve.
“We are here to tell you that you have a role to play for a better society for you and your family through education. You hold the master key, ensure you use it otherwise posterity will never forgive you,” she said.
Dr. Pillah further said language is what we used to communicate with the world, define our identity, express our history and culture, learn, defend our human right and participate in all aspect of our society.
She pointed out that most languages are going extinct because they are not passed on.
“Of the almost 7000 existing languages around the world, the majority have been created and are spoken by indigenous people who represent the greater part of the world’s cultural diversity, yet many languages are disappearing at an alarming rate as communities speaking them are confronted with educational disadvantage, poverty, illiteracy and other forms of human right violation,” Dr Pillah pointed out.
At the end of her speech, she encouraged gender activists over the world and Nigerians to use their voices to educate Nigerians.
There was a book reading section from authors like Abubarkar S. Sani, the author of the Legend of Buratai and many more