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|Literacy is a cause for
celebration since there are now close to four billion literate people
in the world. However, literacy for all – children, youth and
adults - is still an unaccomplished goal and an ever moving target. A
combination of ambitious goals, insufficient and parallel efforts,
inadequate resources and strategies, and continued underestimation of
the magnitude and complexity of the task accounts for this unmet goal.
Lessons learnt over recent decades show that meeting the goal of
universal literacy calls not only for more effective efforts but also
for renewed political will and for doing things differently at all
levels - locally, nationally and internationally.
In its resolution A/RES/56/116,
the General Assembly proclaimed the ten year period beginning 1 January
2003 the United Nations Literacy Decade. In resolution A/RES/57/166,
the Assembly welcomed the International
Plan of Action for the Decade and decided that Unesco should
take a coordinating role in activities undertaken at the international
level within the framework of the Decade.
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