Come, celebrate this International Literacy Day with Mumbai Smiles by spreading the cause of Literacy.
First of all, we need to understand the difference between the Right to Education and the right to Literacy. When we say “Right to Education”, we refer to our Fundamental Right which is provided to each and every citizen of India and the world (by our Constitution and the UN Charter). Whereas when we say “right to Literacy” or “cause of Literacy”, we mean that it is not written. But by virtue of having the Right o Education, we automatically include the right to Literacy.
So why dedicate a day to Literacy? Why not just stick to the Right to Education?
Reason is simple. India is an overpopulated nation. So, there are more hands and mouths but less available resources. This leads to increasing numbers of underprivileged sections of the society, which in turn leads to less number of families sending their children to school, thereby leading to fall in literacy rate. Unfortunately, then literacy ends up becoming a matter of luxury and not a basic right!
Mumbai Smiles, with its various educational projects tries to eliminate this negative aspect of our society in its small ways in some select communities, such as the Balwadi Project, Future Smiles and the Girl Child Education Project. Of these, the Balwadi Project is where we try and tackle the issue of illiteracy (focusing on a healthier growth for the children both physically and mentally). Today, we ask you, our readers to spread the cause of literacy. Help us help create a beautiful and more literate future for ourselves!