Definition of «Literacy»

International Symposium for Literacy

Concept of Literacy, Declaration of Persepolis

Excerpt from the «Declaration of Persepolis», accepted by UNESCO1)click on the Pdf icon to read/download the full document: International Symposium of Literacy; Declaration of Persepolis, UNESCO.

The International Symposium for Literacy, meeting in Persepolis from 3-8 September 1975, in unanimously adopting this Declaration, considered literacy to be not just the process of learning the skills of reading, writing and arithmetic, but a contribution to the liberation of man and to his full development. Thus conceived, literacy creates the conditions for the acquisition of a critical consciousness of the contradictions of society in which man lives and of its aims; it also stimulates initiative and his participation in the creation of projects capable of acting upon the world, of transforming it, and of defining the aims of an authentic human development. It should open the way to a mastery of techniques and human relations.
Literacy is not an end in itself. It is a fundamental human right.

Persepolis 3-8 September 1975

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1. click on the Pdf icon to read/download the full document: International Symposium of Literacy; Declaration of Persepolis, UNESCO