“It takes a village to raise a child.” “The world is a global village.” “Give a man a fish, and he will eat for a day; teach a man to fish, and he will eat for a lifetime.” Yet, out of 1000 people, 163 can’t read. World illiteracy rate: 16.3%
“It takes a village to raise a child.” “The world is a global village.” “Give a man a fish, and he will eat for a day; teach a man to fish, and he will eat for a lifetime.” Yet, out of 1000 people, 163 can’t read. World illiteracy rate: 16.3% Why?
Children are curious … learn to read books, to read nature, to be street smart. UN #2 MDG: Universal Primary Education UN #4 MDG: Reduce Child Mortality UNESCO Programme for the Education of Children in Need UNICEF “all children … right to a quality education.” World illiteracy rate: 16.3% Why?
World illiteracy rate: 16.3% Why? Yet, out of 1000 people, 163 can’t read.
Jurisdictions too large to foster individual care; political viewpoints too narrow to care. Colonial taking of indigenous land, language, customs, plus segregation and slavery. International occupation, such as China in Tibet today. Books banned and burned. World illiteracy rate: 16.3% Why?
World illiteracy rate: 16.3% Uplifting stories … from past and present. Fixes!
Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, founder and first President of Republic of Turkey … modernized Turkey by making education free, secular, co-educational, compulsory. created the first official national Children’s Day. World illiteracy rate: 16.3% Fixes!
India … low priority on education, little government action, local adults educating. one of eight nations with two-thirds of world’s 793 million illiterate adults. illiteracy rate: more than 25% (18% of men and 35% of women). universities “in … disrepair.” World illiteracy rate: 16.3% Fixes!
India and global villagers … educational materials and humanitarian services for underprivileged children. Rosalie Giffoniello, Empower The Children, instituted, operates, funds 13 programs in Kolkata. panorama of education in city, villages, communities. World illiteracy rate: 16.3% How not! www.empower- children.org
India and global villagers … in Khamargachi, Netherlands -based Help2Help funds a brick factory school in a small, wall-less temple. children tend to unclothed baby siblings while learning. goal is to help children rise above unfair manual labor for insufferable wages. World illiteracy rate: 16.3% How not! www.help-2-help.nl
India and global villagers … Seth Shaffer, Harmony Through Education school in Dharamsala. indigenous staff, 25 mentally challenged children, enrollment waiting list. World illiteracy rate: 16.3% How not! www.harmonythrough education.org
India and global villagers … Robert Weir taught English to Tibetan Buddhist monks. discussed meaning of names, differences and similarities of Buddhist God and Christian God, self-immolated monks and nuns in Tibet, formal and informal English.
Philosophical discussion … foundation to education, thought-provoking method of teaching and learning… used by Ataturk, Socrates, Plato, Christ, Mohammad, Buddha, Ramakrishna, Confucius, Lao Tzu, many educators today. World illiteracy rate: 16.3% Fixes!
To read and express oral history is … humanity’s connection to our past, continuation of our living traditions, foundation for our future. Education is … our global village tool to raise everyone to a higher level of information-sharing and peaceful understanding. World illiteracy rate: 16.3% Fixes!
Sampling of National Literacy Burkina Faso 78.2%; South Sudan 73.0%; Afghanistan 71.9%; Niger 71.3%; Mali 68.9%; Guinea 59%; Sierra Leone 54.9%; Ivory Coast 43.5%; Liberia 39.2%; India 25.96%; China 7.8%; Turkey 5.9%; Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Guam, Iceland, Ireland, Japan, Monaco, Netherlands, North Korea, St. Pierre and Miquelon, Switzerland, Sweden, United Kingdom, United States 1%; Kazakhstan, Poland.5; Russia, Slovakia.4%; Samoa, Slovenia, Tajikistan.3%; Cuba, Estonia, Latvia.2%; Andorra, Greenland, Lichtenstein, Luxemburg, Norway 0% (total literacy). Source: “List of countries by literacy rate,” Wikipedia Why? Most of the world’s illiterate adults reside in Bangladesh, China, Egypt, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Nigeria, and Pakistan. World illiteracy rate: 16.3%
Robert M. Weir is … a writer, author, speaker, book editor, author’s coach. among and a contributor to leaders in humanity’s spiritual and metaphysical evolution. Topics: people, peace, social justice, environment, travel adventure. “Live simply and create.” “Have laptop, will travel.” www.robertmweir.com