Malala’s Story Exemplifies The Fact That Illiteracy Is Unacceptable

Posted: October 14, 2013 in Encouragement & Edification
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Favorite Things for a CAUSE continues to report stories about individuals and organizations that advocate learning, literacy and continued education. The statistics revealing the illiteracy rate in the U.S. are staggering and unacceptable. With so many institutions, organizations and programs available everywhere, there is not a legitimate reason why thousands of people in this country fall under the illiteracy umbrella. When reports broke last year about a courageous young Pakistani teenager who was on her way to school with other students and shot in the head by a member of the Taliban, the world gasped in disbelief. Malala Yousafzai’s story is only one of many, where women who are considered as second-class citizens in many countries, are forbidden to go to school and get an education.

When Malala Yousafzai was shot point-blank in the head, no one expected her to live through this ordeal. Her determination is admirable and is a story echoing that of many female advocates fighting for the same cause around the world. Their courage to fight against such dangerous and often deadly oppression that denies them the opportunity to get an education should be the same type of passion people in the free world should be fighting for.

Fighting Illiteracy through The Love of ReadingAn old saying “You don’t miss the water til the well runs dry” is a scary yet very necessary truth that resonates as a wake-up call for all of us. May we take this opportunity to rethink the way we look at our priorities with respect to the freedoms we are afforded in this country. The sad thing about discussing this subject is the fact that many people who are affected by this disease of illiteracy, will probably never engage in forums that discuss this topic. Moreso, many individuals deemed illiterate probably think they don’t need education to survive. While that may be true to an extent, education is the key to progress, edification and independence. Let us never forget those who fought and lost their lives when education was not a commodity equally offered to everyone.

Illiteracy can debilitate the unification of families, businesses, municipalities, states, nations and global communities. Illiteracy is like living in darkness; unable to recognize what light is. Let’s spread the light of freedom. May we do all we can to eradicate this epidemic that is out to seek, kill and destroy!

  1. Reblogged this on From Behind the Pen and commented:
    Illiteracy plagues our families, institutions, municipalities, states, nations and global communities. This is a disease that must be eradicated.


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