“Literacy is a bridge from misery to hope.
It is a tool for daily life in modern society.
It is a bulwark against poverty, and a building
block of development, an essential complement
to investments in roads, dams, clinics and
factories. Literacy is a platform for
democratization, and a vehicle for the
promotion of cultural and national identity.
Especially for girls and women, it is an agent
of family health and nutrition.
For everyone, everywhere, literacy is, along with education in general, a basic human right.... Literacy is, finally, the road to human progress and the means through which every man, woman and child can realize his or her full potential.”
Life has no smooth road for any of us and in the bracing atmosphere of a high aim the very roughness stimulates the climber to steadier steps, till the legend, over steep ways to the stars, fulfills itself.