Despite progress made, literacy challenges persist, and at the same time the demands for skills required for work, are evolving rapidly.

World Literacy Day is marked on 8 September every year. The Day focuses on the skills and competencies required for employment, careers, and livelihoods, particularly technical and vocational skills, along with transferable skills and digital skills.

This year’s theme is Literacy and Skills development, which offers an explorative lens into the integrated approaches that simultaneously support the development of literacy and skills, to ultimately improve people’s lives and work and contribute to equitable and sustainable societies.

We speak to Dr. Eliya Zulu, AFIDEP’s Executive Director, to give insights on the value of improving literacy and developing the skills of Africa’s youth for their own present and future productivity, and that of the continent as a whole.

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