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Do you need some inspiration? Do you love reading?
Watch this. It’s beautiful. It’s the most inspiring advert promoting reading and literacy you’ll ever see.
"Literacy 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."
President Bill Clinton on International Literacy Day, September 8th 1994
"Learning to read after so long is like walking into light from darkness."
A young woman attending a children’s school in Jahan Shah, Afghanistan. The overwhelming desire of illiterate young women to learn means that young mothers are attending their children’s lessons.
"I was supposed to be a welfare statistic… It was because of a teacher that I sit at this table. I remember her telling us one cold, miserable day that she could not make our clothing better; she could not provide us with food; she could not change the terrible segregated conditions under which we lived. She could introduce us to the world of reading, the world of books and that is what she did.
What a world! I visited Asia and Africa. I saw magnificent sunsets; I tasted exotic foods; I fell in love and danced in wonderful halls. I ran away with escaped slaves and stood beside a teenage martyr. I visited lakes and streams and composed lines of verse. I knew then that I wanted to help children do the same things; I wanted to weave magic."
From evidence submitted to The National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future - 1999
"When we point out illiterate mistakes, we are often aggressively instructed to ‘get a life’ by people who, interestingly, display no evidence of having lives themselves."