In its celebration of the International Literacy Day on September eighth, Kuwait reiterated its stance to further bring down illiteracy rates in the country. In joint celebration with UNESCO, Kuwait will commemorate the day under the slogan (literacy and sustainable development).
With a continuous solemn effort, Kuwait managed to bring down illiteracy from 48.3 in 1970 to 3.8 in 2013, a percentage which reflects Kuwait true crusade for better education and development. Kuwait national commission for Education, Science, and Culture, part of UNESCO, said that illiteracy amongst men was down from 3.7 percent in 2010 to reach 3.3 in 2013 while the number for women was at 5.4 percent in 2010 to reach 4.5 percent in 2013.
According to the Ministry of Education in 2014, the number of literacy centers in recent years reached 85 with the number of students reaching around 20,000 while the educational staff numbered at around 3,267. Also as part of Kuwait's mission to elevate education in the country, the state took decisions to allocate a large sum of the budget and direct it towards the all levels of education, resulting in the spending of around 14.8 and 4.3 percent of the local income and state budget respectively towards education in 2012.
UNESCO's International Literacy Day was first celebrated in 1966 as a measure to highlight the importance of literacy for all sectors of society.