C.O.M.E. urges citizens to embrace illiterate people

POSTED: 09/11/12 12:15 PM

St. Maarten – On Saturday, the world celebrated World Literacy Day under the theme “Literacy and Peace.”
The Community Outreach Mentorship Empowerment International Center (Come) has extended congratulations to the St.Maarten community on its observance. Coordinator Donna Wilson-Morrison sent out an appeal to embrace citizens affected by illiteracy and ensure that they are given the necessary assistance.
Wilson-Morrison echoed the sentiments of United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco) that “Literacy is a human right, a tool of personal empowerment and a means for social and human development. Educational opportunities depend on literacy.
Literacy is at the heart of basic education for all, and essential for eradicating poverty, reducing child mortality, curbing population growth, achieving gender equality and ensuring sustainable development, peace and democracy. There are good reasons why literacy is at the core of Education for All (EFA).
A good quality basic education equips pupils with literacy skills for life and further learning; literate parents are more likely to send their children to school; literate people are better able to access continuing educational opportunities; and literate societies are better geared to meet pressing development.”

Throughout this week registration and assessment for literacy classes will be conducted between the hours of 9:00 am and 5:00 pm at the Come Center located in the Maynard Building on Longwall Road.

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