Wow! What a day!....Today would remain a memorable day indeed for the sole reason that as the head of the Institution I took out a rally promoting literacy on International Literacy Day. It reminded me of the days when I had taken out rallies in the villages on the outskirts of Hyderabad, fighting against child labour and child marriage. As a volunteer teacher to a Government School, I used to be an active participant in rehabilitating child labours back to school. We then used to walk from village to village, talking to villagers the importance of literacy. A few listened and sent their kids back to schools. Others argued that the kids were their bread winners ,If they sent them to school, would the government pay for the days labour. Many were the times when we could not answer their logical questions. Personaly I have canvassed the gaurdians of child widows to send them back to school, the ones that were lucky enough to return did fare well in their tenth Board examinations and went on to attend college.
A decade flew by and I saw the days pass by in front of me filled with adventures. One adventurous situation was when I travelled to one of the towns of Karnataka and saw the litered plastic causing havoc. The filth around shook my very being that lead to a silent protest march inside my school campus that said...SAY NO TO PLASTIC
Today, was as exciting as one of those days when I got busy writing slogans and making placards with enthusiastic teachers and students. After an early lunch we took out a silent march to promote literacy.
The motto of the rally was to make aware the public, the importance of literacy and to stop child Labour.
The slogans read; ‘No Literacy, No Revolution!’, ‘Literacy eradicates poverty!’ and ‘Support literacy movements!’
The Program also emphasized on public awareness of the extra ordinary value of the written word and of the necessity to promote a Literate Society.
We stood silently by the roadside with our placards as the passers by became for once aware that there is a day celebrated as INTERNATIONAL LITERACY DAY!
Google and you will find facts more shocking that states the percentage of literacy in each country.
I think I have contributed fairly well in promotion of literacy today, The International Literacy Day!
Causes Sumathi Mohan Supports
Child education, eradication of child labour and child marriages, promotion of education in slum areas. free thinking. MV Foundation, Hyderabad. CRY.