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Reading the Past, Writing the Future

September 8, 2016 marks the 50th Anniversary of International Literacy Day.  Under the guidance of UNESCO (United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization) governments, business, private and public sectors have been working together, around the world to find ways that we can bring literacy to the ever growing world population. At the 2-day conference in Paris, France, September 8th & 9th, the Global Alliance for Literacy (GAL) will be launched. Everyone is excited to put into action, the plans to marry traditional learning methods with digital tools, so as to increase educational opportunities for people all around the globe.


You too, can play a part in the literacy movement. Wherever you live, regardless of the Continent or Country, please look into the organizations hosting the programs that help increase the literacy rate. Here are a couple of thoughts… Talk to the Superintendents of your Boards of Education to see how you can participate in your schools to help the children. If you are familiar with Rotary International, a human rights service organization, connect with them, as they are enthusiastic supporters of local literacy programs. Keep in mind that there are millions of adults all around the world who have slipped through the cracks of the education system. Should you be aware of someone, reach out, help however you are able, even if it is only to guide them to a program or service that can give them the tools they need.  Everyone deserves the right to live a life of dignity and self respect, that being able to read and write can offer.

You may have a business that can provide necessary funds, or be someone who can volunteer a few hours at a time, either way you can most certainly be a pro-active part of the solution!  Here is the website for the World Literacy Foundation, to guide you further.


I leave you with a quote from the book, I am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban.  “One child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world.”


World Poetry Day 2016


Today, March 21, 2016, is World Poetry Day. In 1999, The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) created this day to “recognize the unique ability of poetry to capture the creative spirit of the human mind.”    There is some documentation showing this day, dating as far back as 1950 and in some places around the world, the celebration continues through October.

We have this beautiful statement from the Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, on the importance of World Poetry Day.

“By paying tribute to the men and women whose only instrument is free speech, who imagine and act. UNESCO recognizes in poetry its value as a symbol of the human spirit’s creativity. By giving form and words that which has none – such as the unfathomable beauty that surrounds us, the immense suffering and misery of the world – poetry contributes to the expression of our common humanity, helping to increase its strength, solidarity and self-awareness.”

To and for all the poets in the world.  To and for all those who appreciate poetry in its various and remarkable forms. To and for all who have gone before us, stand with us and have yet to make their presence known, I am honored to say, I, too, am a poet and this is my day!

Annette Rochelle Aben