This UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) statement about literacy sums it up:
“Literacy is a fundamental human right and the foundation for lifelong learning. It is fully essential to social and human development in its ability to transform lives. For individual, families, and societies alike, it is an instrument of empowerment to improve one’s health, ones’ income, and one’s relationship with the world.”
The millions of adults and children who are illiterate are victims of discrimination; their basic human rights are being violated.
Lifelong learning is a process and should be the basis of educational policies. Learning does not stop when we graduate; hopefully, it colors our everyday activities and is not limited by age or gender. Literacy not only has academic applications, it also informs our consumer decisions, our on-the-job choices, and our decision making in a democratic culture.
North Dakotans are fortunate that we have good schools, open to all, and a government that supports education. The ND State Library uses state revenues to provide educational opportunities and materials for all ages, online and onsite, in a variety of formats both concrete and virtual. Take advantage of these free resources and keep those brain cells active.
“During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.” — George Orwell, Author