What Is World Computer Literacy Day?
On 10 December 1999, UNESCO decided to establish World Computer Literacy Day (WCLD) as an annual event. The decision was adopted during the 33rd session of the General Conference held in Paris on 8 November 1999, on a proposal by France and with the support of Denmark, Finland, Germany, Norway, and Sweden.
Objectives Of World Computer Literacy Day (WCLD)
World Computer Literacy Day is intended to raise public awareness of the role and importance played by ICT in building knowledge societies. It is also meant to promote ICT in education, as well as its applications for sustainable development.
To this end, UNESCO invites all countries to celebrate on 10 December each year by promoting activities that lead to the diffusion of knowledge in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) among all target groups, and in particular to young people.
On 13 April 2009 at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, the General Conference adopted a Recommendation concerning World Computer Literacy Day, encouraging the Member States to continue promoting activities throughout the world on 10 December each year. The recommendation was submitted for adoption by the UNESCO Executive Board on 6 July 2009.
The following year, the 34th session of the General Conference held in Paris from 7 to 10 November 2000 decided that World Computer Literacy Day (WCLD) should be celebrated every year on 10 December, as from 2010. The decision was adopted during the first part of this meeting, which had been devoted to the modern information society.
Slogans Of World Computer Literacy Day (WCLD)
The 2010 edition of World Computer Literacy Day (WCLD) was celebrated on 10 December under the slogan “ICT for sustainable development”. The goal was to highlight ICT as a tool for achieving the goal of eradicating poverty by 2015, as well as promoting other goals related to sustainable development that was being discussed at the high-level segment of the United Nations International Conference on Financing for Development, which was held in Doha from 13 to 23 March 2010.
World Computer Literacy Day 2014 marked ICT and its applications as a tool for achieving Education For All by 2015. In 2015, WCLD took place for the sixth time, under the theme “ICT and Schools: Connecting Teachers and Students”, on 10 December.
In 2016, WCLD was celebrated on 10 December with the theme ICT in Education.
In order to promote the celebration of World Computer Literacy Day, UNESCO has adopted the slogan “ICT for Sustainable Development”. The “Sustainable Development Goals” (SDGs) for 2030 were adopted by the world community at the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit in September 2015. They include 17 goals and 169 targets, with which to accelerate sustainable development while also ending poverty, inequality, and climate change. “ICT” is one of the 12 sectors contributing to the achievement of most of these targets.
On 13 April 2009, the General Conference of UNESCO adopted a Recommendation concerning World Computer Literacy Day. The recommendation was submitted for adoption by the UNESCO Executive Board on 6 July 2009 and encourages the Member States to continue promoting activities throughout the world on 10 December each year. The document is still applicable and relevant as it commemorates the ninth edition of WCLD in 2018.
World Computer Literacy Day is often used by Distance Education Networks (DENs) to engage with target populations in their service region. In 2017, eLearning Africa collaborated with UNESCO to create a World Computer Literacy Day Video on YouTube. As of 12 December 2017, the VIDEO has been viewed by over 1600 viewers.
How Is World Computer Literacy Day Celebrated?
World Computer Literacy Day is traditionally celebrated with a press conference at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris where major partners and stakeholders are invited to take part in the event. The celebrations typically feature a keynote speaker, workshops for participants from developing countries, and a networking reception.
The World Computer Literacy Day 2017 campaign was officially launched on 10 December 2016, with UNESCO launching an international contest to select the best-designed posters that will be used in the celebration of WCLD2017. A panel of judges selected six winning posters out of more than 60 submissions from around the world. The winning posters have been awarded prizes and will be displayed at an event commemorating WCLD2017 in December 2017.
The winning posters are on display at the Information Today Conference & Expo in Alexandria, Virginia during March 13–15, 2018.
World Computer Literacy Day is celebrated by a large number of governments worldwide who use it to promote the use of ICTs in education.
The UNESCO Information Society Forum is a high-level intergovernmental conference that takes place every two years (the last one was 2013) and brings together senior government representatives, international organizations, civil society and private sector to discuss on how to ensure balanced development of Information Society for Sustainable Development. The 9th edition of the Forum will take place on 10 December 2017.
The theme of the 9th edition is “ICT for Social Inclusion and Access to Digital Opportunities”.
World Computer Literacy Day was celebrated outside UNESCO in countries like Cameroon, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, etc., by numerous governmental organizations and non-governmental groups. The celebrations highlight the importance of ICT for sustainable development and emphasize that quality education is essential to accelerating inclusive and equitable social and economic development.
World Computer Literacy Day (WCLD) 2021 will be celebrated with great zeal amidst Covid 19 crisis. Let’s see what are the goals of World Computer Literacy Day (WCLD) 2021.