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The virtual celebrations of International Literacy Day at Apeejay, Noida, highlighted ways to bridge the digital divide

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Former South African President Nelson Mandela was not off the mark when he said that education is the most powerful weapon for changing the world. As India records a literacy rate of 77.7% according to the National Survey of India’s 75th report on ‘Household Social Consumption: Education in India, raising awareness about the importance of literacy has become the need of the hour.

Apeejay School, Noida’s pre-primary and primary departments marked the International Literacy Day on September 8 at a virtual event by focusing on the need to learn for human-centred recovery, thereby narrowing down the digital divide.

Recognising that due to school closures, educators are facing unprecedented changes in working conditions with a rapid shift at distance learning, the event was all about highlighting ways to improve the persistent digital divide in terms of connectivity, infrastructure, and the ability to engage with technology.

Students of the primary department engaged in an informative session with their teachers to understand the facts about the International Literacy Day. They pledged to promote the development of the country through education. Words of wisdom were further shared by Primary In-charge, Mrs. Smriti Samuel as she emphasised upon ways to enhance language skills in students.

The virtual programme concluded by appreciating the efforts that have been made during the pandemic by the students, teachers and staff to ensure the continuity of learning at the school.

“Literacy is a blue streak to catch the string of life so as to explore the unknown and aspire to achieve it. It is needed to realise the dream of democracy because to be literate is a human right.”

– Ak Sharma, Principal, Apeejay School, Noida

Mrini Devnani is Senior Correspondent (Newsroom). She covers student achievements, interviews and contributions for the website. She was a former Correspondent covering Edutech for the India Today Group, and has a passion for Social Media and Digital Marketing. You can reach her at [email protected]

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