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Invocation

For a Literate World

 

 

For over 65 years UNESCO has worked to ensure that literacy remains a priority through its formal and non-formal literacy programmes worldwide, the Organization works to realize the vision of a literate world for all. UNESCO defines a literate person as one who can, with understanding, both read and write a short statement relevant to routine life and be capable of analytical understanding of mankind's condition in the world. Despite many and varied efforts, literacy remains an elusive target: some 793 million adults lack minimum literacy skills, which means that about one in six adults is still not literate and two-thirds of them are women.; 67.4 million children are out-of-school and many more attend irregularly or drop out.

 Literacy is a fundamental human right and the foundation for lifelong learning. It is fully essential to social and human development in its ability to transform lives. For individuals, families, and societies alike, it is an instrument of empowerment to improve one’s health, one’s income, and one’s relationship with the world. Illiteracy, however, is an obstacle to a better quality of life, and can even breed exclusion and violence. . The theme for Literacy Day 2012 is Literacy and Peace.

Literacy contributes to peace by bringing people closer to attaining individual freedoms and better understanding of the world as well as preventing or resolving conflict. This connection can be admirably illustrated by the fact that it is much harder to establish a literate environment in an unstable democracy or a country that is affected by conflict.

Lord we pray

Let the efforts taken to empower people through literacy succeed.Let the people realize that literacy is empowerment   in the life of the individual, family, community and the nation at  large.Let the people strive to better their lot and contribute to the betterment of the world remembering that what we sow is what we reap for the future. Peace is desired by all and a literate citizen can hopefully contribute towards it.

 
       

 

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