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Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi
Literacy in itself is no education. Literacy is not the end of education or even the beginning. By education I mean an all-round drawing out of the best in the child and man-body, mind and spirit.
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Irina Bokova, UNESCO Director General
Literacy is much more than an educational priority - it is the ultimate investment in the future and the first step towards all the new forms of literacy required in the twenty-first century. We wish to see a century where every child is able to read and to use this skill to gain autonomy.
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Kofi Annan, seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations
Literacy unlocks the door to learning throughout life, is essential to development and health, and opens the way for democratic participation and active citizenship.
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Malcolm X, American Muslim minister
People don't realize how a man's whole life can be changed by one book.
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Margaret Stohl, author
Sometimes people who sell books are seen as corporate salesmen, and people who sell reading are seen as literacy advocates, but you can't really separate the two.