Reading… it helps!

September 8, 2011 at 4:13 pm 2 comments

By Mohammad Shakir

This year’s International Literacy Day is focusing on the link between literacy and peace.

The link between reading and peace is an interesting one. Let’s have a look shall we? Reading can lead to a greater understanding about a subject, person or initiative. I was taught from a young age that knowledge and information is the greatest currency here on this earth. It can lead to a rich life, not just materially, but personally and spiritually.

For example, say you are a plus one at a wedding at a table where you know absolutely no one. Knowledge on current affairs, sports, entertainment or philosophy (take your pick) can be the kick starter to a rich and fulfilling conversation with the person sitting next to you. So instead of being bored and looking at your face in the back of a spoon, you can engage and interact with others around you.

Gaining knowledge is an important part of life. For those of us lucky to do so, get a chance to go to school and formally learn about a variety of subjects, much of which wouldn’t be possible or fully appreciate if we can’t read. Indeed, without literacy skills, I doubt you would be reading this blog.

So this International Literacy Day how about we pick up a book and read, if we have children, read them a bedtime story or help one of the one in six adults around the world that can’t read. Reading can make a difference and those of us that can, shouldn’t take it for granted.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Mani  |  September 9, 2011 at 9:03 am

    I enjoyed this Mohammad S. I think it is important to have knowledge on all matters to help you also integrate with people. Keep up the good work

    Reply
    • 2. Mani  |  September 9, 2011 at 9:04 am

      As you have already mentioned, because i’d hate to be left out

      Reply

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