Literacy gives people tools with which to improve their livelihoods, participate in community decision-making, gain access to information about health care, and much else besides. Above all, it enables individuals to realize their rights as citizens and human beings (UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s message 2009).
"New technologies, including mobile telephones, also offer fresh opportunities for literacy for all. We must invest more, and I appeal to all Members States and all our partners to redouble our efforts – political and financial – to ensure that literacy is fully recognized as one of the most powerful accelerators of sustainable development. The future starts with the alphabet." - UNESCO Director-General, 2015.
In a world of enormous wealth, in a world in which education and knowledge are the necessary passports to a better life, the scale of illiteracy is truly staggering.
Approximately 776 million adults - most of them women - have no secure command of the fundamentals of literacy and numeracy.
Seventy-five million children are not in school.
And even for those who get a start on their education, drop-out rates are very high.
Yet it wouldn’t take much to change the appalling status quo.
(International Literacy Day. Resolution 1.141 of the 14th session of the UNESCO General Conference)
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