Islamabad, Dr. Fehmida Mirza, Speaker, National Assembly has said that Literacy was imperative for sustainable human development in today’s fast-changing societies.She called upon Provincial Governments, international organizations, civil society organizations and private sector to give renewed attention and support to literacy as a vital instrument for achieving sustainable development especially in the rural areas.
She stated said this in her message on the International Literacy Day being commemorated worldwide under the auspices of United Nations today Saturday. Speaker said that this day serves us an opportunity to renew our international obligations and put the spotlight on the empowering role of literacy and its importance for participation, citizenship and development.
She said that literacy is not just about reading and writing, it is about self-respect and human dignity and about opportunities that give hope to individuals, families, communities and entire societies. “Literacy and integral part of the right to education has shown itself time and again to be a vital tool of empowerment” she added.
“It is time for the right of education to all person of whatever age, to be realized in practice in order to help to eradicate extreme poverty and increase opportunities besides promoting gender equality and environment sustainability” she said.
Dr. Fehmida Mirza said that despite the fact that education and knowledge are the necessary for a better life, the scale of illiteracy is truly staggering. “It is really astonishing that more than 800 million adults have no secure command on the fundamentals of literacy; millions of children are not in school and even for those who get a start on their education, drop-out rates are very high” She added. She said that even the simplest acquisition of literacy can have a profoundly empowering effect personally, socially and politically. She said that each of us can make a contribution and all can be part of the solution.