UNO Baku, in cooperation with the Bright Future Youth Public Union and Azerbaijan Youth Foundation, organized a discussion session to celebrate International Literacy Day on 8 September in Mingacevir. The event brought together young NGO representatives, community members and young teachers to discuss this year’s observance themed “Literacy and Sustainable Development”, with the aim of highlighting the importance of literacy to individuals, communities and societies.
The event started with the screening of the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 2 – Achieve Universal Primary Education, a video depicting the importance of education and literacy for human beings. After the screening, the UNO Baku team delivered an insightful presentation mentioning the importance of literacy as a 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.
“By promoting literacy, you can help people gain awareness that literacy is the foundation of all learning and development,” said Zaka Guluyev, a UNO Baku team member. He also mentioned that it was vital that people reach out to one another in order to educate illiterate people in our communities and societies.
In order to spice up the event, a short simulation was launched. Each of the participants were assigned to represent their ideas on “the Role of Literacy and Education for Sustainable Development”. The participants appeared very excited with the role-play and came up with insightful and interesting speeches.