International Literacy Day, 2013 – Literacy Is a Fundamental Human Right!

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 general Web site with links is here:  http://bit.ly/14H2DH3
With another article: http://bit.ly/18Qsbmf
And an informative infographic: http://bit.ly/17SvkAY

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.

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Education for Girls Worldwide Must Become a Priority.

According to a group, A World at School, some 57 million children do not have access to a basic education. Women and girls are disproportionately affected. 

Remember Malala?  On July 12, less than a year after she was shot by the Taliban for her strong voice in this fight. Malala Yousafzai will mark her 16th birthday by delivering the highest leadership of the UN a set of education demands written by youth, for youth, to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.  The child’s right to an education is central to the UN Declaration of the Rights of the Child, that extraordinary document that was inspired by the teachings of Janusz Korczak, both in his life and his writings, especially The Child’s Right to Respect and How to Love a Child.

Here’s one way we can show our solidarity with Malala:  Please sign this letter to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to show your demand for emergency action in support for Malala’s education fight.

http://secure.aworldatschool.org/page/s/stand-with-malala