International Literacy Day holds a deeply personal significance for me. It serves as a reminder of my own journey through the world of words, the joy of discovering stories, the thrill of learning, and the empowerment that literacy has bestowed upon me. As I reflect on the impact of reading and writing in my life, I’m grateful for the opportunities and horizons it has opened. This day underscores the profound role of literacy in shaping not only my world but also the collective destiny of humanity.
Growing up, I was fortunate to have access to a wealth of books and educational resources, thanks to a supportive family and a system that prioritized education. These resources enabled me to cultivate my knowledge, express my thoughts, and connect with diverse perspectives. On this International Literacy Day, I’m reminded of the privilege that this access represents and the responsibility it carries.
Yet, as I celebrate my own literacy journey, I’m acutely aware that millions around the world are denied this privilege. Illiteracy remains a formidable barrier for countless individuals, limiting their potential, trapping them in cycles of poverty, and hindering their access to basic rights. It is a sobering reminder that we have much work ahead to bridge the literacy gap.
This day, therefore, is not just a celebration of personal achievement but a call to action. It beckons us to advocate for equitable education, to support organizations working tirelessly to spread literacy, and to champion policies that ensure every child and adult has the chance to read, write, and thrive. It is a day to stand in solidarity with those who are still on their journey towards literacy, acknowledging that we are all interconnected in the global tapestry of knowledge and human experience.
In commemorating International Literacy Day, I am reminded of the power of words to inspire, educate, and transform lives. It reinforces my commitment to promoting literacy and education as a means to unlock human potential and build a brighter, more inclusive future for all.
Shekh Afroja Khatun
Junior Teacher, Adamas World School