Literacy as a a tool of empowerment

Seeing literacy as “a prerequisite for effective social participation and a tool of empowerment at individual and community levels,” Koichiro Matsuura, director general of UNESCO, recalled in his message that the United Nations Decade for Literacy (2003-2012), “directed and coordinated by UNESCO, aims to make greater efforts at the national and international levels to achieve the objective of Dakar (World Education Summit, 2000) of halving by 2015 illiteracy levels.”