STAFF REPORT ISB: Like other parts of the globe, the International Literacy Day 2014 was celebrated in Pakistan with the theme “Literacy and Sustainable Development”.

To mark this day, walks, seminars, workshops, debates and other events were held across the country, where scholars and other speakers highlighted the significance of literacy and sensitized other participants to also play their due role in promoting literacy.

Literacy is one of the key elements needed to promote sustainable development in society, as it empowers people to make the right decisions in the areas of economic growth, social development and environmental integration.

Literacy is a basis for lifelong learning and plays a crucial foundational role in the creation of sustainable, prosperous and peaceful societies.

Literacy skills developed from a basic to advanced level throughout life are part of broader competencies required for critical thinking, the sense of responsibility, participatory governance, sustainable consumption and lifestyles, ecological behaviours, biodiversity protection, poverty reduction, and disaster risk reduction.Literacy is a key lever of change and a practical tool of empowerment on each of the three main pillars of sustainable development: economic development, social development and environmental protection.

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