I am happy to greet all Guyanese on the occasion of International Literacy Day on 8th September 2013.
Literacy is a human right. The Constitution of the Co-operative Republic of Guyana declares, at Article 27 (1), “Every citizen has the right to free education from nursery to university as well as non-formal places where opportunities are provided for education and training.”
Literacy is at the heart of basic education for all Guyanese. Educational opportunities, equally, depend on literacy. It is the foundation for lifelong learning, a tool for personal empowerment, an instrument for human development and a means for achieving a good life.
International Literacy Day 2013 is dedicated to emphasising the need to realise “basic literacy skills for all” and to equip everyone with more advanced literacy skills as part of lifelong learning. We encourage all Guyanese to observe this significant occasion by pausing to read some item of literature and by presenting a gift of a book to at least one child.