Artwork of the Week 37

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Roux FrancoisWoman Readingc1927Oil on board 29x40 cmWoman Reading By Francois Roux
 The painting by Francois Roux depicts an old lady reading, which instantly resonates that education never ends. It is not limited by age no matter how old a person is they can still enhance their knowledge through reading and studying.

Roux FrancoisWoman Readingc1927Oil on board 29x40 cmWoman Reading By Francois Roux
 The painting by Francois Roux depicts an old lady reading, which instantly resonates that education never ends. It is not limited by age no matter how old a person is they can still enhance their knowledge through reading and studying.
This week on the 8th of September we celebrate the International Literacy Day.This year marks the 50th anniversary of the International Literacy Day and it is being celebrated under the theme “Reading the Past, Writing the Future”.
International Literacy Day 2016 celebrates and honours the past five decades of national and international engagement, efforts and progress made to increase literacy rates around the world. It also addresses current challenges and looks to innovative solutions to further boost literacy in the future.On this day every year UNESCO awards international literacy prizes to the most innovative and inspiring literacy programs.
International Literacy Day is celebrated worldwide, bringing together governments, multi- and bilateral organizations, NGOs, private sectors, communities, teachers, learners and experts in the field.
Literacy is seen as a human right, and a means of personal and social development. It makes an essential contribution to a wide variety of goals like maintaining peace and promoting democracy, eradicating poverty, achieving gender equality and ensuring sustainable development. Literacy is also a part of Sustainable Development Goal 4, which aims to “ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all”.
For ages women have been undermined and discriminated from having an education especially in patriarchal societies like Africa. The girl child was never sent to school at the expense of the boy child whenever the family was faced with financial constraints. This led to immense disparities of literacy between men and women.
However over the years countries like Zimbabwefor instance, have taken affirmative action in support of education policies that are accommodate the education of the girl child in a bid to rectify women illiteracy. This has seen great improvements as women can now sail all the way to levels that were for long dominated by men like politics and industry and commerce.
Celebrating literacy day allows us to reflect on how we as the developing world have progressed in addressing illiteracy especially amongst those who were historically disadvantaged like women with the painting, Woman Reading, asserting that it is never too late for one to educate one’s self no matter what age one can still overcome illiteracy. International Literacy Day serves to remind the young and the old both men and womenthat wherever we are, however much we know, there is always more to learn.