Literacy day observed

SUKKUR, Sept. 9: The Education and Literacy Department and District Government with the collaboration of National Commission of Human Development (NCHD) and Human Development Society (HDS) observed an International Literacy Day, which was held here at Zila Council Hall on Saturday.

This year was focused on the vital relationship between literacy and health.

On this occasion, Zila Nazim, Syed Nasir Hussain Shah said that literacy strengthens the capabilities of people to take advantage of healthcare and educational opportunities adding that such as seeking medical help for themselves and a sick child, by adopting preventive health measures such as immunization and by acquiring greater knowledge of family planning methods.

Zila Nazim said that the educated parents, especially mothers, whether through formal schooling or adult programs, are more likely to send their children to school and have a better understanding of their healthcare needs.

The Nazim said that considerable achievements have been made in many countries and progress has been attained through adult literacy and non-formal education programs but he noted that there remain to be major challenges.

He quoted that according to the official reports about 774 million adults, out of which two-thirds are women, live without basic literacy skills throught the world.

He said that International Literacy Day was a timely reminder about the importance of literacy for individuals, families, communities and whole societies.

Exicutive District Officer (Education) Sukkur Jairam Das said that literacy is an essential basis for improving social conditions, including health - imagine not even being able to read a prescription bottle. That's why the present government is committed to fully restoring funding for literacy purpose, he added.

General Manager NCHD Sukkur, Muhammad Tahir Abassi, Chairman HDS Advocate Shakeel Ahmed Khan, Ms Yasmin Shah and other also highlights the importance of the day.

A large number of Teachers, Students, Parents, Notables, representatives of the various NGOs were also present on the occasion. APP

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