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Literacy and peace


For over 40 years now, UNESCO has been celebrating the International Literacy Day, every September 8, by reminding the international community that literacy is a human right and the foundation of all learning.

The theme of International Literacy Day 2012 is Literacy and Peace. This theme was adopted by the United Nations Literacy Decade (UNLD) to demonstrate the multiple uses and value that literacy brings to people. 

Literacy contributes to peace as it brings people closer to attaining individual freedoms and better understanding the world, as well as preventing or resolving conflict. The connection between literacy and peace can be seen by the fact that in unstable democracies or in conflict-affected countries it is harder to establish or sustain a literate environment.


Further information on UNESCO's website.

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