The International Literacy Day is celebrated annually on the 8th of September. It is an opportunity for governments, civil society, and other stakeholders to highlight improvements in the world literacy rates, and reflect on the remaining literacy challenges. The issue of literacy is a key component of the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
The International Literacy Day 2021 will focus on “Literacy for a human-centred recovery: Narrowing the digital divide” and will explore how literacy can contribute to building a solid foundation for a human-centred recovery, with a special focus on the interplay of literacy and digital skills required by non-literate youth and adults. It will also explore what makes technology-enabled literacy learning inclusive and meaningful to leave no one behind. This day is an opportunity to reimagine future literacy teaching and learning, within and beyond the context of the pandemic.
The International Day of Charity is celebrated annually every 5th of September. It was declared officially by the United Nations General Assembly in 2012. This day commemorates the anniversary of the passing away of Saint Teresa, who worked tirelessly to overcome poverty, distress, and suffering of the poorest in the world. She showed us that charity can alleviate the worst effects of humanitarian crises, supplement public services in health care, education, housing, and child protection.
Moreover, the International Day of Charity serves to enhance and increase social responsibility amongst us all, solidarity and to increase the public’s support for charitable causes. Charity Day is also a great opportunity to raise awareness and provide a platform for charity events to take place on a global scale. Poverty exists in every country around the globe, from powerful industrial nations to developing countries. It continues to affect millions of people, regardless of their social and cultural situations, and is a barrier to true prosperity and equality.
Today, the World Assembly of Youth (WAY) is marking its 72nd Anniversary! For over a year now, the world is going through challenging times, compounded by an unprecedented global health crisis with severe economic and social impacts. Despite the major impacts of COVID-19 being felt by youth worldwide, it revealed that youth are actively participating in social activism, with volunteering and making donations towards the pandemic response.
History has it, founded in 1949, WAY is the international coordinating body of national youth councils and youth organisations. WAY has special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC)) and works together with several agencies of the United Nations including UNEP, UNICEF, UNAIDS, UNESCO, UNICEF, ILO, WHO, UNCTAD, and many more. WAY currently has 140 members from all continents of the world. Having such a large network, it is now, even more, promising for WAY to realise its aim of unlocking youth potential and tackling youth issues with cooperation and support from all of its vigorous members.
The World Humanitarian Day is celebrated annually on 19 August, and it pays tribute to aid workers who risk their lives in humanitarian service, and rallies support for people affected by crises around the world. The highest numbers of Humanitarian workers are young people. Therefore, in there challenging times, we highlight the importance of international actions, as the 2030 Agenda, the Paris Agreement, and the SDGs, for addressing the causes like climate change, poverty, and inequalities, underpinning humanitarian crises.
Last year, 475 aid workers were attacked, where 108 were killed, 242 were wounded, and 125 were kidnapped. This year, the World Humanitarian Day, highlights the immediate human cost of the climate crisis by pressuring world leaders to take meaningful climate action for the world’s most vulnerable people. Hence, the theme is “In the race against the climate crisis, we can’t leave anyone behind.” The climate emergency is wreaking havoc across the world at a scale that the humanitarian community and people at the front lines cannot manage.
The International Youth Day is commemorated every year on August 12, it brings youth issues to the attention of the international community and celebrates the potential of youth as partners in today’s global society. This day also highlights the success of any global effort that have been achieved with the meaningful participation of young people. On daily basis, young people and youth organisations are addressing issues and challenges that youth are facing on the basis of economic status, ethnic group, gender, and other characteristics.
The theme of International Youth Day 2021 is “Transforming Food Systems: Youth Innovation for Human and Planetary Health” and it highlights the importance of working towards more equitable food systems. We are well aware that our food systems are unsustainable and it is through the knowledge and skills that young people possess that solutions shall derive. It is also a celebration on the role of young women and men as essential partners in change for a sustainable future.