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briefly so fine for the protection 0f fundamental rights
Janos Blasszauer
03:05 PM ET (US)
Dear All,

Here goes two other fundamental documents that we all of us should be familiar with.

Convention on the Rights of the Child

Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Best wishes,
Edited 03-14-2003 03:05 PM
Janos Blasszauer
02:59 PM ET (US)
Dear ALL,

I have recently learned that the U.N. has passed a resolution proclaiming the ten-year period beginning on 1 January 2003 the United Nations Literacy Decade.
Here goes the URL and a quoted text from the site:

United Nations Literacy Decade 2003-2012

"While societies enter into the information and knowledge society, and modern technologies develop and spread at rapid speed, 860 million adults are illiterate, over 100 million children have no access to school, and countless children, youth and adults who attend school or other education programmes fall short of the required level to be considered literate in today´s complex world."

A poster for display on noticeboards can be downloaded from http://www.unesco.org/education/litdecade/poster.html

The following site is also worth visiting. It highlights the importance of education:

Global Campaign for Education

Best wishes,
Edited 03-14-2003 03:02 PM
Janos BlasszauerPerson was signed in when posted
12:49 PM ET (US)
In my opinion, this is a fundamental right which guarantees/safeguards the proper operation of democracy.
It is well-known fact that just having the right to vote is meaningless if a citizen is disabled by illiteracy or semiliteracy. History has taught us that illiterate and semiliterate people are condemned to being exposed to all kinds of manipulations.
If people do not understand the issues properly they just can easily fall prey to manipulative oversimplifications and they cannot make good use of such democratic power as voting. These people fail to master their citizenship rights due to illiteracy.
Following this line of reasoning I must say that in my view democracy is inseparable from literacy.
To be truly literate, citizens must be able to grasp the meaning of any piece of writing addressed to the general reader. I think, a literate person is also one that has the mindset of being open to the events happening around him.
This person is curious towards new things and is in the habit of reading newspapers and keeping up with the news.

Thomas Jefferson made the following famous remark:
"Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter. But I should mean that every man should receive those papers and be capable of reading them."
This last sentence is a crucial one for a really democratic socieaty is founded on a society with high literacy, common basic moral values and on active citizenship.
I do believe that the EU will achieve soon Martin Luther King's dream of a society which is founded not on race or class but on personal virtue.
Finally one of my favourite quotes:

The principal goal of education is to create people who are capable of doing new things, not simply repeating what other generations have done. --Piaget
Edited 03-05-2003 04:32 PM
Janos BlasszauerPerson was signed in when posted
07:24 PM ET (US)
Dear Visitor,

An important debate about the future of Europe is going on right now. Seven members of the European Convention - Olivier Duhamel, Ana Palacio, Lord Stockton and Timothy Kirkhope, joined by Michel Barnier, Henninck Christophersen and Georges Katiforis - believe that young people should understand what the Convention is doing, and have their say in the discussions about the future of Europe. They have come up with a way to achieve this through the organisation of a day of debate for schools and pupils - Spring Day in Europe!
Here you are kindly invited to express your view(s) on some of the articles of this very important document.
Happy reflection and learning.

Best wishes,
Janos Blasszauer
Hungarian Spring teacher

Quote of the day:
"Learning is a consequence of thinking." --Perkins
Janos BlasszauerPerson was signed in when posted
06:49 PM ET (US)
This discussion space is for comments on the document "CHARTER OF FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS".

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