Reading the Past, Writing the Future

Official poster celebrating the 50 years of International Literacy Day. Courtesy UNESCO

Official poster celebrating the 50 years of International Literacy Day. Courtesy UNESCO

Depending on the society in which you have grown up, the culture and the ways of to see the world change. Seems an anachronism but it is real: the facts are, in our days, there are so many people around the world who considers to read and to learn a useless thing. Those mentalities are hard to break. They are huge castle walls that in most cases cannot be reached, neither modified to build open doors to the knowledge will prevail. The walls keep there.

This year, International Literacy Day makes 50 years. They are going to be celebrated a series of events in Paris about which you can know more here. However, this is not enough. It is important to encourage young people to learn, to read and to study history and the past because those sort of knowledge is the one which bring new perspectives to the societies and which empower new generations who will change their communities and lives. To learn from the past can make people see a different present to conquer an improved future. Please, listen to this inspiring words from Forest Whitaker about how important is literacy. And do not forget to encourage people to keep reading and learning.

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