Sept 8: International Literacy Day: My Literacy Reflections

Today is International Literacy Day, and in honor of this, it’s time to reflect on literacy…

…schools are full of children and yet every day there are children who do not go to school….

…overcoming adult illiteracy means understanding the power relationships…we say “the power is with the pen”…and yet do we reflect on how that same lack of power affects the illiterate?

…adults learners do not need to start their literacy journey by learning their a,b,c’s but rather they can start with things they understand, like their name…

…if someone cannot read what you write, how will they know you are about to take their home or business…in Accra, landlords will spray paint notices on street-side vendor stalls requesting payment or threatening eviction and yet, can the owners read the notices? Maybe, maybe not….literacy is strongly linked to a person’s rights and their ability to understand those rights.

…even text messaging requires basic reading and writing skills…

…until we have equality of all people, we do not have equality between women and men…

…until we can figure out how to fund effective literacy programs for all we cannot change the world…

…I have friends who cannot read this blog…

…literacy matters…

…what can we all do about it…

…I have an idea

I may need your help…

Talk soon,

A musing Maureen

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