Literacy Quotes, Quotations – Collected By Sitwe Benson Mkandawire

Literacy Quotes

1. “To be literate means different things in different situations or social contexts. One can be literate in one context but not in the other”. M.A UNZA students in Literacy and Learning 2010
2. “Literacy is like a germ that learns to enjoy penicillin, illiteracy consumes all the armies that are sent to fight it. Despite the many efforts to eliminate it, it still persists” Geoffrey Tambulukani and Banda Denis (2010)
3. “Literacy unlocks the door to learning throughout life, is essential to development and health, and opens the way for democratic participation and active citizenship.” Kofi Annan (2004).
4. “Literacy help individuals think about what they are thinking, develop cognitive and meta –cognitive abilities and therefore enhances development” John Luangala
5. “Literacy is about a human being; it revolves around humanity and anchored on shaping our lives by raising some critical consciousness in individuals” Wanga Weluzani Chakanika.
6. “Literacy help the society to reconstruct itself, centered on the needs and demands of the community for purposes of survival” John Phiri (2010).
7. “Illiteracy is the major source of criminology, drain in the economy and a passport to unemployment” Banda Denis and Geoffrey Tambulukani (2009)
8. “The soviet education system, i felt, had worked all too well: having created on a colossal scale a generation of highly intelligent, highly literate young people who were more or less immune to the totalitarian message” (utz,1988:118)
9. “Literacy is having the ability to manifest a skill in a particular field in order to adapt to the environment” Mkandaŵile Benson (2010:8).
10. “Reading (Literacy) is Power, Life, Key to knowledge. It is a skill, therefore, people who can read are skilled. Reading and Writing are broken down into sets of skills and sub skills, skills which people can have or not have and hence a reading nation is a winning nation” Geoffrey Tambulukani and Banda denis (2010).
11. “Literacy is a tool available for change, liberation and development. It is a weapon embedded in the society, by the society and for the society. It can be used to the advantage and disadvantage of communities ”. Mkandaŵile Benson (2010)
12. “Everyone in the world is literate and illiterate depending on the field being talked about. If you can read and write in Tumbuka language but cannot read and write brail, French and Portuguese, you should not consider yourself literate generally, specify what you mean by literate” Mkandaŵile Benson (2010).
13. No skill is more crucial to the future of an individual, or to a democratic and prosperous society, than literacy. (Los Angeles Times).
14. Once you learn to read, you will be forever free. (Frederick Douglass).
15. “Literacy can lead to both development and underdevelopment. It liberates communities but also, it is a system of oppression that works against entire societies as well as against certain groups within given populations and against individual people.” David Sani Mwanza (2010).
16. To be literate “It’s not what’s inside your head, it’s what your head’s inside of.” Patrick Hartwell
17. “Literacy is a two-edged sword. It can be repressive or liberating. It is a weapon for maintaining or transforming the received order of social relations.” (Paulo Freire, 1970)
18. “More and more, we are divided into two nations: One that reads and one that can’t, and, therefore, one that dreams and one that doesn’t. Reading is the basics for all learning, and it must be the foundation for all other education reforms.” George W. Bush
19. “Global figures on literacy levels are noted as both unreliable and hard to interpret. Literacy statistics for Africa “do not include persons who are literate in other languages other than the official languages” which are French, English, Spanish and Portuguese, to be more specific” (Arnove and Graff.1992: 285; Holmarsdottir, 2001).
20. “A person who can read his or her environment but cannot read a word should not be deemed ignorant and illiterate. To me an illiterate person is he /she who, even with more than enough schooling cannot read his/her environment, identify the wealth it has and protect that wealth, multiply it and enhance his/her own quality of life. Hence, real illiteracy is about failure or incompetence in reading the wealth available in one’s environment.” Geoffrey Tambulukani and Banda Denis (2010), University of Zambia Literacy Week.
21. “You do not need to have books in order to have literature and to have literacy. The term literacy includes survival knowledge or functional literacy. Stories, proverbs, sayings of the wise, riddles, beliefs, poems, fairy tails, myths, taboos, legends were books and not only books but theatre. My family, my home, and nature around my home were my libraries. My literary events took place in our cowshed as we were milking cows” (Vuolab, 2000:15).
22. “literacy is knowing how to bewitch others, knowing how to knit, how to dance, cook, greet, live with people, how to teach and treat others” Juliet Phiri and Benson Mkandawire
23. “To the west, literacy means reading and writing. To an African, literacy means using the available resources to solve one’s problems”. Juliet Phiri (2010)


About Sitwe

Sitwe Benson is a citizen of the world based in Zambia. He is never alone.
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