In the lottery of life, some are born into a world rife with conflict, devoid of access to basic things like education and with limited opportunity for self-improvement and progression.

For these unfortunate (though fortunately, decreasing) few, a key element that can improve their position is to gain access to schooling and reach at least minimal literacy:

“Literacy – the ability to read and write texts – is one of the most important skills, since it is the capacity to acquire even more capacity.

It makes it possible to make much greater use of knowledge that others have.

This often reduces poverty directly since it makes it possible to pick up skills and ideas that make you more productive and able to use technology better.”

Source: Progress: Ten Reasons to Look Forward to the Future

I enjoyed reading this explanation because it very concisely described the what, why and how of literacy.

People seem to learn and pick up things in different ways. For me, I would learn things much quicker if it were all neatly laid out in three questions:

  • What is it?
  • Why is it important?
  • How does it work?

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