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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.


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“Charity begins at home but should not end there” - Thomas Fuller

Charity, which has synonyms as relieve, aid and support, is a noble word that has been heard and used often in our daily life, media or even pasted on a donation box at our local supermarket.

Yearly, charities all over the world help to save and improve people’s lives, fighting disease, protecting children, and giving hope to many thousands of people in need. To honour the significant assistance and contribution that many charities have offered, in 2012 the United Nations decided to nominate an annual International Day of Charity as an official day of recognition and commemoration.


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Art to me is a humanitarian act and I believe that there is a responsibility that art should somehow be able to effect mankind, to make the word a better place - Jeff Moons

World Humanitarian Day is an opportunity to celebrate the spirit that inspires humanitarian work around the globe. Thousands of people across the globe are doing incredible deed every day in helping others but unfortunately some of them pay the ultimate price.

Years ago, in 19th August, 22 humanitarian aid workers were killed in a horrific attack at the UN Headquarters in Baghdad. Their lives were cut short as they worked selflessly to save others. Each year on the same date, we pay tribute to the unsung heroes who, despite the risks, work to save lives on the front lines of conflict and help victims of natural disasters pick up the pieces and rebuild their communities.

The theme for year is ‘Inspiring the World’s Humanity’, it calls on everyone to join the world’s humanitarian efforts and become an active messenger of humanity. It can be started with building a global sense of momentum by undertaking an influential social action and sharing on social networks to amplify the message as well as encourage the action.


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Keep true to the dreams of your youth.    ~Friedrich Schiller ~

The World Assembly of Youth (WAY) join hands in celebrating the role of young women and men, as essential partners in change. Through our platform, we bring together young people from different countries, communities and societies, to share their ideas, thoughts and actions in youth development. We also assist in advancing cooperation at the local, regional and global level, amongst youth and with all stakeholders. WAY works for the promotion of youth and youth organisations in programme areas such as: youth employment, environment, human rights, democracy, population, health, drugs, community development and leadership training.


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"The interests of the indigenous peoples must be part of the new development agenda in order for it to succeed. Together, let us recognize and celebrate the valuable and distinctive identities of indigenous peoples around the world. Let us work even harder to empower them and support their aspirations.” -UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon

Indigenous people are ethnic groups who are native to a land or region, especially before the arrival of a foreign and possibly dominating culture. They share a cultural identity that has been shaped by their environmental region. A variety of names are used in various countries to identify such groups of people, but they generally are regarded as the "original inhabitants" of a territory or region.