Literacy is a human right and the basis for lifelong learning. It empowers individuals, families and communities and improves their quality of life. Because of its “multiplier effect”, literacy helps eradicate poverty, reduce child mortality, curb population growth, achieve gender equality and ensure sustainable development, peace and democracy.
But on the other hand, why is the world facing so many problems with all these literate people? Should literacy simply end at the ability to read and write? Perhaps it’s the question of values. What is the role of values in literacy, and do they matter?
This Saturday on Fatuma’s Voice, we welcome the Arterial Network to come help us discuss this ahead of the International Literacy Day scheduled to be marked on September 8th. We have amazing poetry from the likes of Asha Jaffar and Ut as well as music from Acouslyk and Joharee Band. So much more awaits us on the evening. See you.
— at Kenyan Poets Lounge.