Literacy is a human right, a tool of personal empowerment and a means for social and human development. Educational opportunities depend on literacy.
Literacy is at the heart of basic education for all, and essential for eradicating poverty, reducing child mortality, curbing population growth, achieving gender equality and ensuring sustainable development, peace and democracy.
A good quality basic education equips pupils with literacy skills for life and further learning; literate parents are more likely to send their children to school; literate people are better able to access continuing educational opportunities; and literate societies are better geared to meet pressing development.
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.
In 1965, UNESCO proclaimed September 8 as International Literacy Day. It is a day to highlight the importance of literacy to individuals, communities and societies. I didn’t want to be out of the celebrations that take place around the world.
In honor of 2014’s International Literacy Day, let us listen to the one and only J.K Rowling, reading the first chapter of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows.