In the words of Kofi Annan, the former Secretary General of the United Nations, “Literacy is a bridge from misery to hope and a tool for daily life in modern society. It is a fortification against poverty, and a building block of development, an essential complement to investments in roads, dams, clinics and factories.
Literacy is a platform for democratization, and a vehicle for the promotion of cultural and national identity. It is an awareness agent of family health and nutrition matters, especially those for girls and women. For everyone, everywhere, literacy is, along with education in general, a basic human right. Literacy is, finally, the road to human progress and the means through which every man, woman and child can realize his or her full potential.
Fifty years ago, in November 1965, UNESCO proclaimed September 8th to be the International Literacy Day. It was celebrated all over the world to emphasize the great importance of the literacy to the progress of individuals and development of both society and communities. The day is celebrated specially to rememorize the status of the literacy and adult education to the international community. Literacy remains as essential to human development as it did fifty years ago and as it has for centuries, especially in today’s knowledge-based societies.