Literacy and Cultural Development

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) declares that literacy is a human right, a tool of personal empowerment and a means for cultural development.  It has drafted the following definition: “Literacy is the ability to identify, understand, interpret, create, communicate and compute, using printed and written materials associated with varying contexts.  Literacy involves a continuum of learning to enable an individual to achieve his or her goals, to develop his or her knowledge and potential, and to participate fully in the wider society.” Literacy is language in use – speaking, listening, reading, viewing, writing and drawing. Reading aloud boosts the literacy, learning and listening skills of children everywhere. When an adult, or older child reads to a young child it aids its emotional wellbeing and boosts its self-esteem. Teaming knowledge with imagination assists children to discover the world around them, inspires their interest and attitude in what the world has to offer so they can be positive about themselves and those who surround and support their development.

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