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One day educational meeting on the role of media on raising awareness on Intangible Cultural Heritage

On the occasion of International Literacy Day

7 September- Emaarat-e Kushk, Tehran-Iran

 

On 7 September 2015, Tehran ICH Centre organized an educational meeting on the role of media on raising awareness on Intangible Cultural Heritage, on the occasion of International Literacy Day.

The opening ceremony was attended by Mr. Gary Lewis ,UN Resident Coordinator in the Islamic Republic of Iran, Ms Esther Kuisch Laroche,Director and Representative of the UNESCO Tehran Cluster Office and Dr. Janet Blake, facilitator of UNESCO ICH Network and advisor to Tehran ICH Centre.

Ms Esther Kuisch Laroche mentioned that the media has a crucial role to play not only in promoting literacy, but also in promoting and safeguarding intangible cultural heritage. She added this point that today, 757 million adult’s still lack basic literacy skills-two thirds are women. Globally, the number of out-of-school children and adolescents is on the rise, standing at 124 million worldwide – while some 250 million children of primary school age are failing to master basic literacy skills, even in schooling.

The Asia-Pacific region remains home to the majority of the world’s illiterate adult population. More than half of the world’s illiterate adult population, live in South and West Asia. Moreover, 70% of illiterate adults are women in Asia. The gender gaps are even wider in countries such as Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. Illiteracy is a serious obstacle to achieving a better quality of life, and it can breed social exclusion and foster violence and extremism.

Dr. Yadollah Parmoun, Director of Tehran ICH Centre was the instructor of the educational meeting and talked on the important role of media on literacy and public raising awareness in the field of Intangible Cultural Heritage.

The audiences for the mentioned educational meeting were media professionals and journalists, active in the field Cultural Heritage.

This year is also the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the World Congress of Ministries of Education on the Education of illiteracy which was held in Islamic Republic of Iran in 1965, which made Tehran recommendation on the proclamation of the International Literacy Day.

link`s news in UN website

Message from Ms Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO on the occasion of International Literacy Day,8 September 2015:

Every year, on September 8th, we raise the flag for literacy as a human right, as a force for dignity, and as a foundation for cohesive societies and sustainable development. This message is especially vital this year, when States will adopt a new agenda for education and development to guide the next 15 years. Promoting literacy must stand at the heart of this new agenda. By empowering individual women and men, literacy helps to advance sustainable development across the board -- from better healthcare and food security to eradicating poverty and promoting decent work. There has been progress across the world since 2000, but steep challenges remain. Today, 757 million adults still lack basic literacy skills - two thirds are women. The number of out-of-school children and adolescents is on the rise, standing at 124 million worldwide – while some 250 million children of primary school age are failing to master basic literacy skills even in schooling. We cannot allow this to continue. Literacy is essential to reach the proposed sustainable development goal to promote “inclusive and equitable quality education and lifelong learning for all.” This is UNESCO’s message on International Literacy Day. To allow all women and men to participate fully in their societies, we need greater investment and more effective policies to embed action for literacy within wider development policies, supported by innovative mechanisms that generate positive synergies across all Message from Ms Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO on the occasion of International Literacy Day 8 September 2015 DG/ME/ID/2015/025 REV. - Page 2 policy areas that are vital to building more just and cohesive societies. This is essential to all efforts to build a better future for all, on the basis of human rights and dignity. 

Irina Bokova

 

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