is not attained by chance. It must be sought for with ardor and attended to with
"Everyone deserves the best start in life, which is what UNICEF is working to
provide the world's most vulnerable children. Education is essential to a child's
development. I hope that as an Ambassador I can encourage people to join UNICEF's
mission to make education a reality for children throughout the world."
Literacy Day is an opportunity to recognize and celebrate
the importance of literacy to individuals and their
communities, and to honor the teachers and volunteers
who are making a difference by helping children and
adults learn to read and write.
-- Robert Alan Silverstein
is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is
beauty and there is strength.
unlocks the door to learning throughout life, is essential to development and
health, and opens the way for democratic participation and active citizenship."
~ Kofi Annan
is an empowering process, enabling millions to enjoy access to knowledge and information
which broadens horizons, increases opportunities and creates alternatives for
building a better life.
is at the heart of sustainable development'
On this International Literacy
Day, let us recall that literacy for all is an integral part of education for
all, and that both are critical for achieving truly sustainable development for
~ Kofi Annan
is a bridge from misery to hope. It is a tool for daily life in modern society.
It is a bulwark against poverty, and a building block of development, an essential
complement to investments in roads, dams, clinics and factories. Literacy is a
platform for democratization, and a vehicle for the promotion of cultural and
national identity. Especially for girls and women, it is an agent of family health
and nutrition. For everyone, everywhere, literacy is, along with education in
general, a basic human right.... Literacy is, finally, the road to human progress
and the means through which every man, woman and child can realize his or her
"Education is a human right
with immense power to transform. On its foundation rest the cornerstones of freedom,
democracy and sustainable human development."
is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in
every society, in every family."
and their parents know that getting an education is not only their right, but
a passport to a better future - for the children and for the country."
a world that is truly fit for children does not imply simply the absence of war.
It means having the confidence that our children would not die of measles or malaria.
It means having access to clean water and proper sanitation. It means having primary
schools nearby that educate children, free of charge. It means changing the world
with children, ensuring their right to participate, and that their views are heard
and considered. It means building a world fit for children, where every child
can grow to adulthood in health, peace and dignity."
Think about it:
Every educated person is not rich, but almost every education person has a job
and a way out of poverty. So education is a fundamental solution to poverty.
-- Governor Kathleen Blanco
a people easy to lead, but difficult to drive; easy to govern but impossible to
-- Baron Henry Peter Brougham
is no mere matter of men fighting or not fighting. Peace, to have meaning for
many who have known only suffering in both peace and war, must be translated into
bread or rice, shelter, health, and education, as well as freedom and human dignity
- a steadily better life. If peace is to be secure, long-suffering and long-starved,
forgotten peoples of the world, the underprivileged and the undernourished, must
begin to realize without delay the promise of a new day and a new life.
“The aim of education
is the knowledge, not of facts, but of values.”
-- William S. Boroughs
is possible to store the mind with a million facts and still be entirely uneducated.
-- Alec Bourne
is not a luxury, it is a right and a responsibility. If our world is to meet the
challenges of the twenty-first century we must harness the energy and creativity
of all our citizens." |
Bill Clinton on International Literacy Day, September 8th 1994
Change does not
necessarily assure progress, but progress implacably requires change. Education
is essential to change, for education creates both new wants and the ability to
-- Henry Steele Commager
we cannot afford to settle
for being just average; we must leran as much as we can to be the best that we
can. The key word is education -- education with maximum effort. Without it, we
cannot be in charge of ourselves or anyone else.
"The new education must
be less concerned with sophistication than compassion. It must recognize the hazards
of tribalism. It must teach man the most difficult lesson of all—to look at someone
anywhere in the world and be able to see the image of himself. The old emphasis
upon superficial differences that separate peoples must give way to education
for citizenship in the human community. With such an education and with such self-understanding,
it is possible that some nation or people may come forward with the vital inspiration
that men need no less than food. Leadership on this higher level does not require
mountains of gold or thundering propaganda. It is concerned with human destiny.
Human destiny is the issue. People will respond." |
does not fare well where poverty and deprivation reign.
It does not flourish where there is ignorance and a
lack of education and information. Repression, injustice
and exploitation are inimical with peace. Peace is gravely
threatened by inter-group fear and envy and by the unleashing
of unrealistic expectations. Racial, class and religious
intolerance and prejudice are its mortal enemies."
W. de Klerk
live in a complex world and the motivation to use
violence to solve problems needs to be seriously questioned.
It is essential that we help our children perceive
peaceful alternatives. We need to use these troubled
times as an opportunity to create a new vision for
is that whole system of human training within and without the school house walls,
which molds and develops men.”
E. B. DuBois
learn more from what you are than what you teach."
E. B. DuBois
now accept the fact that learning is a lifelong process of keeping abreast of
change. And the most pressing task is to teach people how to learn.
-- Peter F. Drucker