International Literacy Day 2015

“ 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.”   
Former UN Secretary-General, Kofi Annan

Literacy is considered as not only the core basic human right but also a fundamental building block of learning and personal empowerment. Literacy is a basis for lifelong learning and plays a crucial foundational role in the creation of sustainable, prosperous and peaceful societies.

According to UN’s estimate, almost 800 million of the world’s adults do not know how to read or write (about two-thirds being women), which accounts to almost 130 million youth who do not know how to read and write. To address the pressing need of spreading literacy, UNESCO declared 8th September as the International Literacy Day.

The challenge is greater in our part of the world, as 98 percent of all the non-literates reside in developing countries while 54% of Pakistani women cannot read or write.

In this day and age, the mantra of every Pakistani citizen is a “better Pakistan”, which is only possible through a “literate Pakistan”. The road to betterment goes through the hurdle of literacy. The need of the hour is for Pakistan to declare a movement against illiteracy.

On International Literacy Day 2015 we can sort out this education emergency by taking cautious measures such as joining communities around the globe to act as a united voice in raising awareness for those who cannot read or write.

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