In Rotary, we recognise March as Literacy Month when we focus
on the importance of literacy and education in our service to humanity. Literacy is about
people’s ability to read, write, speak ,listen……and understand.In everyday tasks it is
common for a person to use and respond to spoken and written language and to use
numeracy skills at the same time. Illiteracy (inability to read, write, speak, listen and
has no boundaries.If illiteracy were a simple problem, Rotarians would have solved it by
now. Although 98 percent of the world’s illiterate live in developing countries, more than
one-third of the adults in industrialised countries cannot read well enough to decipher
prescriptions or fill out employment forms.Illiteracy lies at the root of poverty, ranking as
one of the prime impediments to earning a living and/or having a productive
life. An estimated one billion people - three fifths of them women - do not have the
literacy and numeracy skills needed to hold a job or get a better one.Providing women
with literacy skills can have far-reaching positive effects because girls do not have
access to education in many parts of the world, A mother who can read will teach her
children to read, helping to break the cycle of poverty for her family.
Helping people learn these skills and become self-sufficient is one of the most critical
tools for fighting poverty. Literacy Affects Society as a Whole. Literacy is essential
for eradicating poverty, reducing child mortality, curbing population growth, achieving
gender equality and ensuring sustainable development, peace and democracy.
Illiteracy does not just affect those who are illiterate……it affects our whole world.
Therefore, on a personal level, literacy is important for survival, and it is necessary for
helping our children succeed in society.
Literate societies are better able to handle development in an ever-changing world.
S.MD.RAFI (๏̯͡๏) District WEB MASTER 2013-14