sexta-feira, agosto 25, 2006
Nunca é de mais lembrar a Década da Literacia
The United Nations General Assembly has declared that the period from 2003 to 2012 will be known as the United Nations Literacy Decade (UNLD).Since literacy is at the heart of UNESCO’s mandate, the Organisation was asked by the General Assembly to “take a coordinating role in stimulating and catalyzing the activities undertaken at the international level” during the Literacy Decade.
This challenging task requires UNESCO to promote the creation of a literate environment under the slogan of Literacy as Freedom.UNLD also endorses the expanded notion of literacy which is not limited to the generic skills of reading, writing and calculating, but is instead a human right related to development. Literacy may be culturally, linguistically and even temporally diverse. It does not fall in one-shot learning occasion but in lifelong learning.The Literacy Decade presents the international community and UN Member States with an unparalleled opportunity to increase their attempts and efforts to meet the literacy and NFE goals set for EFA and Millennium Development goals. In particular, the Decade gives special attention to achieving a 50% improvement in adult literacy by 2015 as well as equitable access to basic and continuing education for all adults (EFA goal 4). It also focuses on meeting the learning needs of those who are excluded from quality learning (EFA goal 6). The Decade will also play a vital role in realising the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs); which focus on eradication of poverty.
Na minha terra conta-se que, no inverno, à lareira, quando ainda não havia as modernices de hoje, pais e avós juntavam-se para contar histórias. As mães diziam: Venham meninos vamos às contas! Claro que não eram só os meninos que se juntavam. Era a família inteira e mais os vizinhos e até os animais que lá por casa passeavam se aninhavam para saborear mais uma noite de histórias, contos, ditos e mexericos...