By Carmen Glover
On Monday, September 8, literacy will be at the forefront of conversation and promotion across the globe as International Literacy Day is celebrated and solutions are sought to the plight of citizens who struggle with attaining this basic human right.
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is promoting the day under the theme “Sustainable Development.” On its website, UNESCO indicated that “Literacy is one of the key elements needed to promote sustainable development, as it empowers people so that they can make the right decisions in the areas of economic growth, social development and environmental integration. Literacy is a basis for lifelong learning and plays a crucial foundational role in the creation of sustainable, prosperous and peaceful societies.”
UN General-Secretary Ban Ki-Moon stated “Literacy provides tools for men and women to better understand the world and shape it to meet their aspirations.” While his predecessor, Kofi Annan said: “Literacy is a key lever of change and a practical tool of empowerment on each of the three main pillars of sustainable development: economic development, social development and environmental protection.”
Children who lack the resources to promote literacy from the formative years grow into adulthood unprepared to reason or articulate their thoughts effectively. International Literacy Day is designed to put the spotlight squarely on this issue so that governments will set aside a day, early in the academic school year, to collectively explore creative methods that will make a difference in alleviating illiteracy and promoting efforts to level the playing field.–OnPointPress.net.