According to UNESCO, “Literacy is a right and a foundation for lifelong learning, better well-being and livelihoods. As such it is a driver for sustainable and inclusive development.” The right to an education was espoused by Dr. Korczak and enshrined in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. UNESCO’s 2013 statement continues, “Literacy is a human right, a tool of personal empowerment and a means for social and human development. Educational opportunities depend on literacy.”
The latter shows that the literacy rates in nations around the world. While there has been progress, 57 million children out of school face a life of illiteracy and poverty. This would have been a major concern to Janusz Korczak and will
continue to be in the minds of dedicated educators and child advocates everywhere.