Today, we celebrate International Literacy Day, established by UNESCO 56 years ago to underscore the profound impact of literacy on shaping the lives and communities of people across the globe.
The theme for this year is “Promoting Literacy for a World in Transition: Building the Foundation for Sustainable and Peaceful Societies,” which aligns perfectly with our government’s vision of a future-proofed society.
Furthermore, the Ministry of Education aims to improve education to promote lifelong learning and greater economic mobility.
With literacy being the foundation for these outcomes, the Ministry’s commitment is to ensure its widespread reach and impact across our beloved islands.
As such, we have devoted significant efforts to developing library programmes and activities that foster a love of reading and learning in our community.
Notably, the “Summer Reading Challenge” consistently inspires children between the ages of 6 and 17 to explore the world of books during the summer months.
I am also pleased to share that the Cayman Islands 2021 Census Report shows a literacy rate of 98.6%, consistent with the progress we have seen in recent years.
This is a remarkable achievement and a testament to the unwavering commitment of our educators, parents, and successive governments to promoting literacy.
As we celebrate another International Literacy Day, let us renew our commitment to creating a foundation for sustainable and peaceful societies through literacy.
Through our collective efforts, we can unlock the power of knowledge, foster creativity, and empower individuals to contribute to the betterment of these Cayman Islands.