If you would tell me the heart of a man, tell me not what he reads, but what he re-reads. -François Mauriac
One glance at a book and you hear the voice of another person whose idea is captured literarily forever. To read is to expedition through time. Thus, it is said that a book is a gateway to betterment for a man’s life and literacy is a key of that gate.
Literacy is a human right and a tool of personal empowerment. Literacy skills, which developed from a basic to advanced level throughout life, are part of broader competencies required for critical thinking, the sense of responsibility and mostly complex matters such as participatory governance, sustainable consumption and lifestyles, ecological behaviors, biodiversity protection, poverty reduction, and disaster risk reduction.
For decades, we all know that educational opportunities depend greatly on literacy. Literacy is at the heart of Education for All (EFA), and essential for eliminating poverty, reducing child mortality, controlling population growth, achieving gender equality as well as ensuring sustainable development, peace and democracy in achieving prosperous and peaceful societies. In addition, Literacy is recognized as the key element needed to promote sustainable development, as it empowers people to make the right decisions in the areas of economic growth, social development and environmental integration.