On Sunday 7 September, the UNESCO Tehran Cluster Office and the Iranian National Commission for UNESCO jointly organized a Forum on Literacy and Sustainable Development with the participation of Mr. Ali Bagherzadeh, Vice-Minister for Education and Head of the Literacy Movement Organisation.
The event was attended by many experts in the field of Education and several organisations working on literacy programmes.
During the opening session, Mr. Bagherzadeh provided an overview of Iran’s literacy activities to date and spoke of the challenges that the country is facing in achieving higher literacy rates.
Ms. Esther Kuisch-Laroche, Director of the UNESCO Tehran Cluster Office, talked about the importance of literacy for sustainable development and UNESCO’s efforts in that regard.
On Sunday 7 September, the UNESCO Tehran Cluster Office and the Iranian National Commission for UNESCO jointly organized a Forum on Literacy and Sustainable Development
Mr. Balasubramanian Murali, UNDP Deputy Resident Representative in Iran
Mr. Balasubramanian Murali, UNDP Deputy Resident Representative in Iran also spoke at the forum. “Literacy, as the foundation of all education and lifelong learning, is a basic human right which is enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Literacy is a development accelerator enabling societies to grow more inclusively and sustainably” he said.
UNICEF Representative in the Islamic Republic of Iran, Mr. Mohamed El Munir Safieldin
UNICEF Representative, Mr. Mohamed El Munir Safieldin, highlighted the importance of education for poverty alleviation and child survival. In this regards he said: “Statistics from all countries – including Iran – have shown that when education among women above the age of 15 is looked at and the quality life of their children is taken into consideration, there exists a very close relationship. Educated mothers are always able to provide better quality of care for their children. Education is a very important aspect of life.”
Their speeches were followed by a panel discussion, during which several of the participants talked about the challenges they face in tackling illiteracy. The Vice-Minister for Education called for increased UNESCO support with regard to education policies and planning. Other participants asked UNESCO for practical support in the forms of tools and lessons learned from other countries.
The Director of the UNESCO Tehran Cluster Office welcomed this opportunity to exchange ideas and hear about the important achievements as well as the challenges of the Islamic Republic of Iran in the field of literacy. She reiterated UNESCO’s full support to the Iranian Government and said she looked forward to working closely together with the Ministry of Education and the Literacy Movement Organisation.
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