I remember the day when I learned the definition of literacy. I was between 3 and 4 years old, but the moment is permanently embedded in my memory.
The book was full of colourful pictures of children playing some sort of game with a large beach ball. What caught my attention was the squiggles that ran in straight lines across the bottom of the page. I had no idea what they meant, but I knew they were significant.
Reading – that was what my mother called it.
And so, began my journey to literacy…
This year, International Literacy Day’s theme is “Literacy in a Digital World.”
We have the technology and digital resources to connect and educate our world. UNESCO’s Seven Outcome Targets may seem optimistic, given their twelve-year timeline until 2030, however I believe that it can be accomplished. Indeed, our survival will depend upon reaching these goals.
Seven Billion people live on this planet.
Sustainability will be the word of our century. To continue, we need everyone’s participation. The foundation will be literacy.
Join me in celebrating International Literacy Day on September 8, 2017.