September 8th is International Literacy Day, and this year’s theme is the relationship between health and literacy. Health is a pre-requisite for effective learning, and literacy can improve health in myriad ways, from reading medicine bottles to providing access to employment. UNESCO asked a group of prominent authors to contribute their thoughts on literacy and health, and these have been collected into the Alphabet of Hope Anthology. The anthology, half in French, can be read online. There is also a short documentary on literacy, Brothers of Pen and Paper, produced by Nairobi street youth taking part in a literacy program. They look at literacy issues in both urban and rural settings, and pay attention to the special problems faced by women and girls. It’s worth a look.
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