Speaking on the occasion of international literacy day in New Delhi on Friday, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu said that educating the uneducated is the sacred duty of every individual.
Addressing the gathering in Vigyan Bhawan, Naidu said called on people to reach those who are yet to be educated saying that education empowered individuals to know their rights.
“India has made allot of progress since independence, but one challenge is starring at us, around 30 crore population of the world who are illiterate are in India. We must see to it that all these are educated,” Naidu said calling it a challenge to everyone including politicians.
VP complemented governments for bringing out the number of school dropouts. He said that one cannot call it a welfare society unless everyone is educated.
“Education gives you knowledge; it gets you your entitlement, it makes you understand what is due to you…,” he said.
Naidu reminded the nation of the importance of literacy and its role as the accelerator. He quoted Mahatma Gandhi and said, “mass illiteracy is a sin and shame which must be liquidated.”
United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) on 26 October 1966, gathered for the 14th general conference and proclaimed that September 8 will be celebrated as International Literacy Day.
Here is the full speech of Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu