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Respected Principal, teachers and my dear friends. Very good morning to all of you. We all have gathered here to celebrate World literacy day and I would like to speak some words on world literacy day.

World literacy day is celebrated on 8th September every year. It marks the international celebration and awareness campaign on literacy. In 1964, this day was declared as a holiday by the United Nations, Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

UNESCO with the help of various literacy programs aims to create a literate world and promote literacy for all. UNESCO has stated the importance of literacy. It states that it is a human right, a tool of personal empowerment, and a means for social and human development.

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Our educational opportunities depend on literacy. Literacy is at the heart of basic education for all. It is also important to eradicate poverty, to reduce child mortality, to curb population growth, etc. These are some of the good reasons why literacy is at the core of Education for all.

The main purpose of celebrating this world literacy day is to encourage awareness among people about literacy so that everyone knows about their individual and social rights. It is as important as food to live.

UNESCO decided to celebrate this day with a goal to remove various social problems including poverty, gender inequality, uncontrollable population growth, etc.

So today I would request you all to celebrate this day with a positive spirit. You can celebrate this day by donating a book, by visiting a library, by teaching an unfortunate child, etc.

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Lastly, I would like you all to stand up and take the pledge on this literacy day, we learn, we teach, we inspire, to make our future full of knowledge and success.

Thank you all for listening to me patiently.

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