Building peace in the minds of men and women

Literacy: gateway to fulfilment

"In present-day societies only men and women with direct access to modern knowledge and know-how become capable of fully mastering their destiny. The conquest of illiteracy thus becomes not only a fundamental requirement of democracy, in that it enables everyone better to exercise his rights and assume his responsibilities, but also one of the means of changing the way of life of many peoples by opening up for them the paths of progress both in work and in all other spheres of activity."

Amadou-Mahtar M'Bow, International Literacy Day, 10 September 1979.

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June 1980