I can’t remember the first time my 3-year old niece asked me that. All I remember is how it took me down the rabbit hole of what happiness is and all the things I needed to make me feel happy. (Hmmm, like a good vacation, or maybe some massage, ah yes lots of money, or maybe some extra fries… the list goes on of the possible things that can make me happy).
If you are reading this, be thankful you can read.
And if you are not sure you can write, post a comment to test 🙂
Fact is, there are lots of kids out there who can neither read nor write. You can’t imagine how devastating that would be!
I remember back when I was serving as a teacher a year ago in the extreme North Western region of Nigeria. Most of my students could neither communicate in English nor write in any language. It broke my heart as I spent countless hours trying to understand what they had written down in their scripts as I marked. There was this particular script that had been numbered correctly but everything written was gibberish. I was puzzled. Even if a minion were to write, it’d make a whole lot of sense to me.
I was frustrated then because I couldn’t just put a huge ‘X’ across the script knowing the student must have been helpless.
However, the experience opened me up to the harsh realities of life. Lots of things we take for granted are highly sought after by some other people on the other side. Always live in gratitude for the things you have going on for you, no matter how little.
My suggestions on how you can spend the International Literacy Day
Spend some time to thank God that you can read and write.
Help a child learn how to read and write today.
Give out books and writing materials.
Make donations to NGOs involved in promoting literacy.
Pray for someone today- it could be the kid begging on the streets or the gardener who can’t speak correctly.
Close with these quotes;
Creating a world that is truly fit for children does not imply simply the absence of war… It means having primary schools nearby that educate children, free of charge… It means building a world fit for children, where every child can grow to adulthood in health, peace and dignity. -Carol Bellamy
We cannot afford to settle for being just average; we must learn as much as we can to be the best that we can. The key word is education — education with maximum effort. Without it, we cannot be in charge of ourselves or anyone else. – Bill Cosby
Literacy unlocks the door to learning throughout life, is essential to development and health, and opens the way for democratic participation and active citizenship.