Why Literacy is Important


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Why Literacy is Important

  1. 1. Why Literacy is Important P R ES E N T E D BY : A N G J U N Y I , C H E W T UA N LO O N G A N D LO K E YO N G J I A N
  2. 2. Contents  What is literacy  Why is it important  Benefits of literacy…  Without literacy...  Social Entrepreneurship  What we can do to promote literacy
  3. 3. What is Literacy?  Literacy in simple terms is the ability to read and write.  Also it literacy refers to having the knowledge and competence on a subject.  The United Nations Educational , Scientific and Cultural Organization ( UNESCO ) defines literacy as the ‘ability to identify , understand , interpret , create , communicate , compute and use printed and written materials.
  4. 4. Why is it important?  Benefits  Literacy can benefit to economic growth , reduce poverty , reduce crime.  With literacy , people can be educated and get employed for jobs instead of stealing to survive.  Literacy helps to boost self-esteem , confidence and empowerment.
  5. 5. Why is it important?  Without Literacy  Literacy is a huge impact on an individual’s ability to participate in society and to understand. Without it , people will develop social problems and there will be less communication in society.  Literacy also have a bearing on how well a country performs economically , without a strong workforce the country’s economy will crippled.
  6. 6. Social Entrepreneur  There are social entrepreneurs that do their best to help out the less fortunate to receive literacy.  John Wood and Greg Mortenson are two of the many people who help out.  John and Greg both sacrificed their own time and energy to contribute to society.  John Wood left his job at Microsoft to start his mission on helping the less fortunate.
  7. 7. Social Entrepreneur  Greg Mortenson too , sacrificed his time to raise funds in order to build a school for a village.  Both John Wood and Greg Mortenson did a lot with their efforts in order to make the world a better place for the children.  It is important that social entrepreneurs exist because without them , there will be a build up of less fortunate people in the world.
  8. 8. What we can do to promote literacy  Literacy can be promoted throughout the world by common people like us.  We can promote literacy by doing simple things like , donating our used books , supporting organisation which fight illiteracy and volunteering to teach the less fortunate.  If everyone in the world contributed a little to help the world , the world will become a better place.
  9. 9. Thank You