Literacy is one of the most important keys to sustainable development. It is a fundamental human right and should reach everyone on this earth to improve people’s standards of living.
International Literacy Day was created by the United Nations. It is promoted by the UN’s UNESCO. According to their website, “The aim is to highlight the importance of literacy to individuals, communities, and societies.”
“A literate community is a dynamic community, one that exchanges ideas and engages in debate. Illiteracy, however, is an obstacle to a better quality of life, and can even breed exclusion and violence.”
For over 65 years, UNESCO has worked to ensure that literacy remains a priority on national and international agendas. Their goal of living in a literate world is extensive and will require a lot more work, but each year they are achieving more and more.
While simply recognizing this day as an important one is the first step, we need to take that second step and be proactive about the issue. That is why I invite all 12 to 18-year-old girls to participate in “UNHCR Ideas”, which is an online idea-management platform.
As their website states, “‘challenges” are launched quarterly and the UNHCR community, partners, and refugees propose innovative solutions. These ideas are voted on by a committee of judges, and the winning idea could be implemented through field operations.” Make sure the topic education is a priority for UNHCR by signing up on their website and supporting literacy around the world.