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Jane of Thought: Hail for International Literacy Day
by Jane Eagle
2007-09-08 09:42:19
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Hey there stranger, come on keeeeeep reading this article in all your glory ‘cause that’s what this day is about -your ability to read –furthermore: to write a comment, a shopping list, a will, a birthday card –hmm, I should leave the will for last. Hehe!

Seriously in 1965 UNESCO set a date for celebrating the International Literacy Day.

“Its aim is to highlight the importance of literacy to individuals, communities and societies. An estimated 781 million adults live without basic literacy skills, of whom two-thirds are women. In addition, approximately 103 million children have no access to school and are therefore not learning to read, write or count.

According to UNESCO’s "Global Monitoring Report on Education for All (2006)", South and West Asia has the lowest regional adult literacy rate (58.6%), followed by sub-Saharan Africa (59.7%), and the Arab States (62.7%). Countries with the lowest literacy rates in the world are Burkina Faso (12.8%), Niger (14.4%) and Mali (19%). The report shows a clear connection between illiteracy and countries in severe poverty, and between illiteracy and prejudice against women.” - By Wikipedia

In Wikipedia I also read a very interesting article on Literacy, so enjoy the link, folks…

Back to me? Good! Each and everyone on this planet must access the “literacy field”. There’s no doubt about that! Being able to write and read broadens the limits of your world giving you the ability to communicate, to learn meaning cultivate your mind, generally to grow as a person or as a god if you think yourself like William Blake.

Plus another aspect: Don’t dare to forget that since a person makes acquaintances with Literacy can also meet one of her daughters, Miss Literature. Ahh reading a book, a poem actually or a novel is just like having a cup of tea with C. Dickens, taking a long green walk along with Emily Bronte or smoking pot next to Jack Kerouac. Literature is about feeling, thinking and traveling in another dimension imaginary; yet sometimes even more real and complicated than the world we live in. Oh no man, I’m not crazy, Dostoyevsky totally agrees on that last thought.

Dostoyevsky… What an author! Did your mama ever tell you a tale about the goose that gave birth to golden eggs? Well he was the man who “spat out” the diamond thoughts. Mankind can be pretty awesome sometimes: Give a child ABC, they’ll grow up to give you The Idiot!

In the end I’m thinking that Literacy is about expressing, fulfilling your needs, even escaping from your surroundings. Kofi Annan please play ball:

“On this International Literacy Day, let us recall that literacy for all is an integral part of education for all, and that both are critical for achieving truly sustainable development for all.[…] Literacy unlocks the door to learning throughout life, is essential to development and health, and opens the way for democratic participation and active citizenship.[…] Literacy is a bridge from misery to hope. It is a tool for daily life in modern society. It is a bulwark against poverty, and a building block of development, an essential complement to investments in roads, dams, clinics and factories.

Literacy is a platform for democratization, and a vehicle for the promotion of cultural and national identity. Especially for girls and women, it is an agent of family health and nutrition. For everyone, everywhere, literacy is, along with education in general, a basic human right.... Literacy is, finally, the road to human progress and the means through which every man, woman and child can realize his or her full potential.”

Oh shoot, I just got cramps in my toes; ok the pain is gone now. So! I guess this is just an informative article about this day with plenty of Wikipedia references and Kofi quotes, no great thoughts including… but this: Some things may seem little like this right moment that you’re wasting reading my babblings, yet consider this, before being able to help someone get the literacy skills they desperately need you’ll pretty much have to appreciate what you’re offering by realizing its importance through your life.

Am I right or what?

Wink and smile!

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