Today is International Literacy Day.
This year, International Literacy Day will put the spotlight on the empowering role of literacy and its importance for participation, citizenship and social development.
As people who can read it is hard to put ourselves in the shoes of those who can’t – reading for learning, reading for communicating with others, reading to protect ourselves against illness and even knowing when and how to take medication, reading to gain employment and reading for having a voice in decision making in the family and local, regional and global communities.
Literacy is a human right. Literacy is essential for eradicating poverty, reducing child mortality, curbing population growth, achieving gender equality and ensuring sustainable development, peace and democracy.
The day helps focus on other campaigns such as Education for All, the U.N. International Literacy Decade (2003 to 2012) and the second Millennium Development Goal.
[source: globalednet – http://www.globaleducation.edna.edu.au)