INTERNATIONAL LITERACY DAY

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If you would tell me the heart of a man, tell me not what he reads, but what he re-reads. -François Mauriac

One glance at a book and you hear the voice of another person whose idea is captured literarily forever. To read is to expedition through time. Thus, it is said that a book is a gateway to betterment for a man’s life and literacy is a key of that gate.

Literacy is a human right and a tool of personal empowerment. Literacy skills, which developed from a basic to advanced level throughout life, are part of broader competencies required for critical thinking, the sense of responsibility and mostly complex matters such as participatory governance, sustainable consumption and lifestyles, ecological behaviors, biodiversity protection, poverty reduction, and disaster risk reduction.

For decades, we all know that educational opportunities depend greatly on literacy. Literacy is at the heart of Education for All (EFA), and essential for eliminating poverty, reducing child mortality, controlling population growth, achieving gender equality as well as ensuring sustainable development, peace and democracy in achieving prosperous and peaceful societies. In addition, Literacy is recognized as the key element needed to promote sustainable development, as it empowers people to make the right decisions in the areas of economic growth, social development and environmental integration.

International Day of Charity

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Let us not be satisfied with just giving money. Money is not enough, money can be got, but they need your hearts to love them. So, spread your love everywhere you go  -Mother Teresa

Charity, a noble superiority in man, brings welfare to the society. It enlarges human’s heart and spreads the message of brotherhood by delivering the genuine action of love to the societies.

The word 'charity' means generosity in giving something to the needy out of loving kindness towards them. There is a proverb: 'Charity begins at home,' which simply means a person who is kind at heart and possesses compassion towards others, is generally found to give his or her helping hands to the disadvantaged in the societies.

Charity has always played a vital role in the development of society by enabling those underprivileged people to live with basic necessities of life such as shelter, food and clothing. The major way to lessen the gap amongst the different classes in the society is by sharing and distributing what are more owned by those privileged to the less privileged ones.

Many organisations have been working in this regard for a very long period of time across the globe as it has been admitted as the social responsibility of every nation to not only help the locally deprived citizens but also take encourage steps to get hold of the poor ones.

The United Nations (UN) recognized 5th of September as an International Day of Charity. It was established with the objective of sensitizing and mobilizing people, NGOs and stakeholders all around the world to help others through volunteer and benevolent activities. This day was also chosen in honor of Mother Teresa who has dedicated her life to assisting the poor and disadvantaged people around the world. Her work was commemorated through the Nobel Prize in 1979 and until today, it continues to be carried forward with the aim of benefiting the world’s poor.

WORLD HUMANITARIAN DAY

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Every State has the primary duty to protect its own population from grave and sustained violations of human rights, as well as from the consequences of humanitarian crises, whether natural or man-made. -Pope Benedict XVI
Today is a day to remember the millions of people affected by war, natural disasters, sickness, and famine, and especially those who are working to relieve their suffering. Today, known as World Humanitarian Day, is a special day dedicated to Humanitarians and their noble works.

World Humanitarian Day is a day devoted to humanitarians, as well as to increase public understanding of humanitarian support activities. This day falls on the 19th August every year. On this fateful day in 2003, 22 aid workers lost their lives in a bombing at the UN headquarters in Baghdad including the UN's High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Special Representative of the Secretary-General to Iraq, Sergio Vieira de Mello. Since August 2009, this day is observed to honor all people who have given their lives to humanitarian service, as well as to celebrate humanitarian work around the world.

International Youth Day

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The youth is the hope of our future. -Jose Rizal

Youth is the time of life when one is young, but often means the time between childhood and adulthood (maturity). The specific age range that constitutes youth varies from one region to another.

International Youth Day (IYD) is an awareness day selected by the United Nations and observed worldwide on 12th August every year. The purpose of this day is to draw attention to a given set of cultural and legal issues surrounding youth. Youth day is one of the many extensive efforts of the United Nations to help member states reach out to their youth and understand all challenges faced by them. Besides, it aims to promote ways to actively engage youth in making positive contributions to their communities.

IYD is also an annual celebration of the role of young people as the essential partners in change. Along with ensuring their rights, an equally important goal of IYD is to shape the youth not just as a passive beneficiary of development efforts, but as a force for positive social change.

INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE WORLD’S INDIGENOUS PEOPLE:

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I support the indigenous people anywhere in the planet -Edward James Olmos

Indigenous People are a significant and important portion of humanity. Their heritage, their ways of life, their stewardship of this planet, and their cosmological insights are an invaluable treasure for society. Indigenous live in every region of the world and in all varieties of climates ranging from Arctic cold to Amazon heat. They often claim a deep connection to their lands and natural environments. Thus, many indigenous people value the natural world as a source of food, health, spirituality and identity.

The International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples is commemorated annually on 9th of August to promote, protect and endorse the rights enshrined in the United Nations Declaration particularly on the Rights of Indigenous People (UNDRIP). This day also presents an opportunity to honour diverse indigenous cultures and recognize the achievements and valuable contributions of an estimated 370 million indigenous people all around the world.