Different players including the government, non- government organizations and agencies will participate in the celebrations to commemorate the day in different areas the country among them Bible Society of Kenya.
Literacy is both a fundamental right and as a tool for social, economic and political development.
As economies increasingly become complex and with a rapidly changing technological world, it is essential that individuals continuously expand their knowledge and learn new skills in order to keep up with the pace of change.
The 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights recognizes the right to education as a fundamental in the fast changing world.
Globally, at least 750 million people still lack basic literacy skills. Two-thirds of the people concerned are women and 102 million of them are youth aged 15 to 24. At the same time, many of the 192 million unemployed worldwide are unable to find a decent livelihood due to the lack of foundational skills, including literacy, and failing to meet the skill demands of the rapidly changing labour market.
According to the Kenya National Adult Literacy Survey Report 2006, an average 38.5 per cent of the Kenyan adult population is illiterate, with major disparities amongst several regions. Nairobi County for instance has the highest level of literacy with a high 87.1 per cent, compared to North Eastern region, at a distant 8 per cent.
Males have higher literacy and numeracy rates of 64.2 per cent and 67.9 respectively, compared to 58.9 and 61.4 per cent for females whereas only 31 per cent of the adult population was aware of the existence literacy programmes.
To support Literacy in Kenya, several players, agencies and literacy advocacy organizations have put in place efforts to ensure that communities access basic education and skills to empower them.
Championing this cause, the Bible Society of Kenya, leader in bible translation and publishing and Christian reading materials in Kenya and a partner in Literacy for community development, has continued to support literacy in marginalized areas of Maasailand, Pokot and Turkana areas through translation of Bible into vernacular Language, Bible Advocacy and their Adult literacy program.
The program constitutes of using vernacular language as the first step towards basic learning, introducing numeracy skills later on for the learners to be arithmetically proficient.