International Literacy Day, 2009

September 8 is International Literacy Day!  So, why am I talking about this on a blog about HIV/AIDS?  Glad you asked.  Here’s a pretty good starting explanation, from UNESCO’s website:

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.

In addition to the role it plays in poverty-reduction and development efforts, literacy has a monumental impact on health issues — so much so, in fact, that literacy and health was the official theme of International Literacy Day in 2008.  With that in mind, I’ll direct interested readers to my post from one year ago.  Take a look at the links: it’s fascinating, and important, stuff.

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~ by h.e.g. on September 8, 2009.

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