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International Day of the Elderly

The International Day of the elderly is observed on October 1 each year.

On December 14, 1990 the United Nations General Assembly voted to establish October 1 as the International Day of the elderly and the day was observed for the first time on October 1, 1991.

The day is celebrated by raising awareness about issues affecting the elderly. It is also a day to appreciate the contributions that older people make to society.

The composition of the world population has changed dramatically in recent decades. Between 1950 and 2010 life expectancy worldwide rose from 46 to 68 years, and it is projected to increase to 81 by the end of the century. It should be noted that at present women outnumber men by an estimated 66 million among those aged 60 years or over. Among those aged 80 years or over, women are nearly twice as numerous as men, and among centenarians women are between four and five times as numerous as men. For the first time in human history, in 2050, there will be more persons over 60 than children in the world.

With this in mind, enhanced attention to the particular needs and challenges faced by many older people is clearly required. Just as important, however, is the essential contribution the majority of older men and women can continue to make to the functioning of society if adequate guarantees are in place. Human rights lie at the core of all efforts in this regard.

Info courtesy: Wikipedia and UN website

Book Review: Extra class! by Siddharth Oberoi

Ananya has just joined the presidency convent school in Delhi. She sees that this school is very much different from her last school at Raipur. Back there she was everyone’s roll model. But here, things have changed. Everyone barely notice her.

Ananya is a very good debater. As she wishes to join the debate club, the school head girl, Natasha keeps her from doing so. The very next month there is supposed to be a debate competition in a nearby boys high school, Bishop Boys. Will Ananya be able to join the debate club? Will she be in the group of debaters who will compete in Bishop Boys? Will Natasha stop her from competing? Find out in the Backbenchers series book The Extra Class! by Siddharth Oberoi.

Reviewed by: Jennifer Mary Jiji, Class 8-B

The Free Library, a veritable treasure trove of online literature

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