Today is being observed as International Literacy Day, guided by the theme: “Literacy and Skill Development.” In this technological age, literacy is much more than the ability to read and comprehend. It also has to do with computer awareness as well as knowledge of other gadgets and mastery of various social media platforms.
It is an undisputed fact that literacy serves as a gateway to liberation from social and economic oppression. Looking back on our journey from slavery to the present time, one has to admit that we have made significant strides in this regard. While we still have a good way to go, we must be proud as a nation, that comparatively speaking, there has been much improvement in our literacy average. Let us use this achievement as a motivation to continue improving until we realize our 2030 goals. The task of literacy engagement must be embraced as a collaborative effort including all stakeholders.
The onus is on all and sundry to prepare our citizenry for this increasingly globalized and digitized employment market so that in the final analysis we may experience authentic development that embraces all facets of life.
Happy Literacy Day, 2018
Did you know?
The first written communication dates all the way back to 3500 B.C., when only a small amount of people learned to read and write. In those days, people who knew how to read held public performances, displaying their skill.
It wasn't for several thousand years that the first books came on the scene. The first known books originated in Rome, around 23 B.C. Books were also developed in the Middle East and several Asian nations around this time. Initially, books were quite rare and expensive, until the invention of the printing press in the 15th century. As printed books became more common, literacy rates began to rise.