Literacy is more than a nice idea. Question seven: life without literacy?

August 27, 2007

The Executive Director of the DLC said this to me today… “Literacy is more than a nice idea.” This remark rang true for me. The world we live in views literacy as a nice idea. People say/think/feel: “It would be great if everyone could read.”

Literacy is more then a nice idea, “literacy is… a basic human right. ”
(Kofi Annan)

We have a student who put her new born daughter in great danger because she couldn’t read her daughter’s prescription. We have students who walk into a grocery store everyday and are unable to make well informed decisions of what to buy which hurts their nutrition as well as their wallets. Imagine not being able to read…what would driving around a new city be like? What would helping your child with their homework be like? What would going to the doctor be like? Imagine not being able to read…what would your life be like?

FK 5.9

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One Response to “Literacy is more than a nice idea. Question seven: life without literacy?”

  1. Amanda Says:

    Literacy is a necessity to thrive in life, to be able to even imagine not being able to read is difficult. I imagine it would like trying to read a different language, stressful and frustrating and that’s only the beginning. Literacy could transform a life, and it’s shocking to know that one in six in the UK struggles to read and write.


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