International Literacy Day 2015

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September 8 is International Literacy Day, an established day by UNESCO to celebrate and support world literacy. This year’s theme is “Literacy and Sustainable Societies”. Here are 10 quotes that celebrate the importance of worldwide literacy:

  1. “The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read.”
    ― Mark Twain
  2. “Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.” ― Frederick Douglass
  3. “Learning to read is probably the most difficult and revolutionary thing that happens to the human brain and if you don’t believe that, watch an illiterate adult try to do it.” ― John Steinbeck
  4. “To encourage literature and the arts is a duty which every good citizen owes to his country.” ― George Washington
  5. “Read. Everything you can get your hands on. Read until words become your friends. Them when you need to find one, they will jump into your mind, waving their hands for you to pick them. And you can select whichever you like, just like a captain choosing a stickball team.” ― Karen Witemeyer
  6. “Where the press is free and every man able to read, all is safe.” ― Thomas Jefferson
  7. “I will defend the importance of bedtime stories to my last gasp.” – JK Rowling
  8. “It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength.” – Maya Angelou
  9. “There is no such thing as a child who hates to read; there are only children who have not found the right book.” ― Frank Serafini
  10. “Literacy is a bridge from misery to hope. It is a tool for daily life in modern society. It is a bulwark 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. Especially for girls and women, it is an agent of family health and nutrition. 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.” ― Kofi Annan

Happy International Literacy Day!!

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