1127 GMT September 23, 2019
The official added that local learning centers are being established across the country in collaboration with UNSECO.
Baqerzadeh noted that Iran will also expand literacy facilities for refugees, including Afghans.
“The rate of literacy has increased from six percent to 62 percent among Afghan refugees in Iran,” he said, adding that a major portion of literacy programs for refugees have been funded by Iran.
Baqerzadeh stressed the importance of literacy in Islam and said Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) urged human beings to “seek knowledge from cradle to grave”.
The ILMO chief noted that Iran’s 7,000 year-old civilization also attaches high importance to learning.
“We have plans to ease access to literacy classes for people living in the remotest places,” he said.
“Mobile education centers will be launched to meet the goal.”
He said improving reading and writing is no more the primary goal of his organization, as the definition of literacy has changed.
“Empowering citizens, supporting child laborers and facilitating access to literacy classes for immigrants and refugees are the main objectives of the organization,” he said.
Baqerzadeh said an agreement has been reached between mobile operators and ILMO to alleviate illiteracy by using mobile devices.
“Mobile devices are suitable for teaching unlettered individuals, as people in the poorest nations have access to the technology and use it daily,” he said.
The official said his organization will use global experiences to uproot illiteracy in the country.
“Founder of Islamic Revolution Imam Khomeini prioritized literacy over health. He ordered the establishment of a literacy organization 10 years ahead of the international community,” he said.
Baqerzadeh explained that the more nations are educated, the better access they have to health care services.