UNESCO: We Must Redesign Global Literacy Programmes to Incorporate our Climate Propaganda

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Guest essay by Eric Worrall

UNESCO has signalled that conservation and biodiversity themes must be incorporated into UN programmes to raise global literacy levels.

Message by
Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO,
on the occasion of International Literacy Day 8 September 2014

International Literacy Day, devoted this year to the connection between literacy and sustainable development, provides us with an opportunity to remember a simple truth: literacy not only changes lives, it saves them.
Literacy helps reduce poverty and enables people to find jobs and obtain higher salaries. It is one of the most efficient ways of improving the health of mothers and children, understanding doctors’ prescriptions and gaining access to healthcare. The lives of more than two million children under the age of five were saved between 1990 and 2009 thanks to improvements in the education of women of reproductive age. Literacy facilitates access to knowledge and triggers a process of empowerment and self-esteem that benefits everyone. This energy, multiplied by millions of people, is essential to the future of societies.

Today, 781 million adults worldwide cannot read, write or count. Two thirds of them are women. More than 250 million children are unable to read a single sentence, even though half of them have spent four years in school. What kind of societies do we expect to build with an illiterate youth? This is not the kind of world we wish to live In. We want a world where everyone can participate in the destiny of their societies, gain access to knowledge and enrich it in turn. To succeed, we must also change the traditional approach of literacy programmes to encompass, beyond reading and writing in the narrower sense, broader skills with regard to consumption and sustainable lifestyles, the conservation of biodiversity, poverty reduction, disaster risk reduction as well as civic participation. In these ways, literacy programmes can unlock their full transformative potential.

Commitment to these goals will be central to the forthcoming Aichi-Nagoya conference on education for sustainable development to be held in Japan this November. It will also be at the heart of the World Education Forum to be held next year in Incheon, Republic of Korea, to lead the global debate towards the adoption of new sustainable development goals at the United Nations General Assembly in 2015. UNESCO is working across the world – in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Egypt, Nigeria, Senegal and elsewhere – to ensure that literacy is integrated into national development strategies. The Global Partnership for Girls’ and Women’s Education and the Malala Fund for Girls’ Right to Education, launched by UNESCO, also focus on literacy. The programmes acknowledged by the UNESCO-Confucius Prize for Literacy and the UNESCO King Sejong Literacy Prize enable us each year to celebrate innovative practices that show that achievement is within our reach. New technologies, including mobile telephones, also offer fresh opportunities for literacy for all. We must invest more, and I appeal to every Member State and all our partners to redouble efforts – political and financial – to ensure that literacy is fully recognized as one of the most powerful accelerators of sustainable development. The future we want starts with the alphabet.

Source: http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0022/002293/229343e.pdf

Whatever happened to simply teaching people how to read and write, then letting those newly empowered individuals make up their own mind what they want to read and write?

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126 thoughts on “UNESCO: We Must Redesign Global Literacy Programmes to Incorporate our Climate Propaganda

    • Poverty reduction actually means population reduction to these bureaucrats. Get rid of the poor masses and you have less poverty.

      • rogerthesurf, I didn’t know indigenous peoples, as a rule, always replanted the trees they cut down. There is evidence that some of these people actually set fire to forests and destroyed large swaths of forested lands. Not having their history or records for the most part, makes it convenient for those who want to claim their lifestyles were sustainable. But it’s just an assumption. And for some reason, they never mention that capitalists often do replant trees on a large scale so they can harvest them later and continue to make money. That sounds sustainable to me.

        The population of indigenous people often remained small and stagnant because they were constantly at war with their neighbors or dying young from disease and lack of nutrition. Apparently, that’s the future our elitist authorities want for us. By “sustainable” they don’t mean that it sustains a robust and healthy lifestyle for humans. They mean that it will keep the human population small and less destructive so as to sustain the rest of nature. Returning to an age when humans were few and barely subsisting has been a green dream for decades.

    • It would appear that Antarctica is NOT a part of the United Nothing.

      Either that or the UN thinks that all the ice has already melted and there is water underneath.

      g

  1. They actually don’t want you to be able to think for yourself, or do research for yourself, for example on the internet. They want literate zombies. Won’t work. The minute you can read and write and have internet access, the zombie game is over.

      • The 3 R’s have traditionally been the basis of education. For some years, I have argued that 4 R’s are needed – Reading, ‘Riting, ‘Rithmetic and Reasoning. The 4th R is a bit like the Ring in Lord of the Rings, it empowers and binds the others. Unfortunately, many of those who came through their schooling without ever encountering any kind of thought have become greenies who simply don’t understand that wasting money is not the same as using it for something worthwhile. In Australia, fortunately, there are now a number of thinking initiatives in the schools, although they still face ferociously determined opposition.

      • I prefer ” Der Ring des Nibelungen. ”

        Which proves that absolute power corrupts absolutely. (those in possession of it.)

        G

    • I covered UNESCO’s new definition of Literacy in my book on education Credentialed to Destroy, but it actually is now opposed to being able to read and write fluently. The new definition of Literacy is based on the work of Amartya Sen and has to do with the capacities to engage in everyday life. Sustainable Development is also more about culture than economics and also relies heavily on limiting what people know to what is politically useful for the Dirigiste Planning Class.

      http://invisibleserfscollar.com/rulers-regimes-managed-governed-public-policy-demands-democratic-equality-and-mind-arson/ covers why this vision needs what I have nicknamed as Mind Arson. It also shows the link to the MIT poli sci Global System of Sustainable Development that is all about specifying what people can be allowed to know. Not a huge surprise as MIT is the UN’s partner in the Belmont Challenge and Earth System Partnership this is all tied to.

    • Not necessarily. Going to echo chambers will only reinforce their beliefs. They’ll tend to ridicule those other beliefs.

      • Leonard- turning control of the internet is simply a way to ensure that people/groups/countries and order are separated from each other, rather than the synergy and cross-fertilization of ideas that the current internet promotes. Encountering novel ideas is the epitome of sedition- it undermines the orthodoxy of ideas and allows them to evolve. All ideas are not useful and good. Those that are will attract support and make change. That is the last thing most governments want.,

        Perhaps the biggest mistake made in formalizing the Internet was the decision to have a committee make decisions on organizing and naming domains and establishing a hierarchy for disseminating the list of individual sites. This could have been done with some algorithms to sort, tabulate, and rank the various site names according to community interest and then propagate this continually changing list across various name servers.

        Any committee or management group would simply be tasked with maintaining the system of servers. Costs would be covered by fractions of a penny assessed by the main algorithm and charged to individual users. The rate would automatically be adjusted when the system determined new equipment or interconnections were required.

  2. Global government needs a global system of indoctrination to be successful. The uneducated are the easiest targets of mind control.

    • LMTF-Learning Metrics Task Force is another UNESCO initiative to limit what anyone knows going forward. Run in connection with the Brookings Institute and one of the task force meetings was at the Rockefeller Foundation’s lovely place at Bellagio, Italy.

      Same place where the 1968 conference UNESCO is also tied to on envisioning a new future and then backward mapping how to get there took place. CAGW and the Ozone are just two of the rationales for planning and political control over people and the economy.

    • Pop, I am not sure that the uneducated are the easiest targets for mind control. Who do you think is running most of the universities and schools to push things like Agenda 21, Global warming, Marxist classes, etc.? It is not the uneducated but are the students they are brainwashing. Finally the man-caused global warming theory, and all its political follow on have not been done by the uneducated.
      Perhaps the “uneducated” are more resistant to brainwashing than all the so-called educated running the universities and schools.

      • agree! always remember that old comment from someone
        its far easier to fool an educated man than a “savage”
        cos we savages:-) live in the REAL world
        spin n pretty lights bells n whistles mean diddly when you need to eat n shelter.

    • It’s called Culture Agenda 21. Separately, UNESCO is in charge (task manager) of the education component of Agenda 21. In 2002 they published the desired curriculum. I have downloaded all of it. Fits right in now to what are called the Next Generation Science standards in the US.

  3. I pity the child who grows up thinking that he is harming Gaia by his very existence and is motivated through guilt to do the will of the global science authority.

    • He or she doesn’t think so much as feel it. That is quite deliberate down to targeting the parts of the brain that respond from emotion instead of cold calculation. It’s also why the Common Core in the US and UNESCO globally place media literacy now on par with print literacy. They know how powerful images are in prompting desired action. It’s also behind the digital push because the body doesn’t differentiate when experiences created by virtual reality cause a student to visualize they are at risk.

      All laid out by Willis Harman in his late 80s book Global Mind Change. He was the co-founder of the Institute for Noetic Sciences.

  4. Also, see Hilary Ostrov’s comment of 15. September 2016 at 9:53 PM regarding UNESCO’s associated organisation United Nations Development Program.

    Actually the UNDP has been running this survey for over three years! I had first noticed it – in its earliest incarnation – back in June 2013.

    Participants were led to believe that the results would be fed into the UN’s new, improved SDG’s.

    But it seems that as the years progressed – and “Action on climate change” retained its bottom of the barrel status – the UN powers that be decided to toss these results (from at that point several million respondents) in favour of those obtained from a carefully primed one-day exercise involving a claimed 10,000 participants.

    See: UN survey participants: one-day 10,000 trumps two-year 8 million plus

    http://notrickszone.com/2016/09/15/alarmism-not-working-world-citizens-rank-climate-change-dead-last-as-concern/

      • Well I like the Pyramid Inch; as it can (and is) adjusted at will to get the scratches along the passageway in the Great Pyramid to properly align up with the events of history that were predicticated way back when the pyramid was built. (look it up)

        g

      • The Fahrenheit temperature scale was the work of a French guy. It’s named after him. ;)

        It’s also much more practical for everyday real-world use than Celsius or Kelvin. 0 Fahrenheit is the freezing point of a 50/50 salt/water solution. This means that at 0 F or below, water is “seriously frozen” and won’t melt no matter how much salt you expose it to. 32 F (and 0 C) is the freezing point of pure water, but real-world water always has trace amounts of mineral salts, so any ice encountered below 32 and above 0 could be thin, rotten, or otherwise unsound.

        100 F was intended to be human body temperature, but the scale came up a bit short. (It’s actually 98.7 F.) The point is that the Fahrenheit scale has (or attempted to have) practical thresholds for it’s major graduations. Celsius and Kelvin have abstract thresholds that aren’t so useful for the layman (you can heat water until it boils without needing to know an exact boiling point).

        In the same vein, Imperial measurements place practicality above abstract precision. For everyday use, they are “close enough”. And base 10 is a terrible starting point for a measurement system, anyway. ;D

      • So in the rod, Stone, fortnight system of units; the Dred Nicolson practical system, we have units with a base of …. 3, 5 1/2, 7, 12, 13, 14, 16, 20, 22, 24, …..

        Well no wonder nobody can do arithmetic in their heads.

        The French were not all that dumb as Fahrenheit when it came to picking units.

        The pretty quickly homed in on Platinum as a good stable medium to make a standard metre out of.

        Considerably better than one ten millionth of the earth quadrant from the Equator to the North pole, passing through Paris.

        And the Celsius scale is at least based on something that is rather easy to replicate under laboratory conditions; the freezing and boiling points of water under STP.

        And it IS a ” Centigrade ” scale; which Fahrenheit is not.

        The scale unit of ” kelvin ” is defined to be identical in size to the scale unit of the Celsius scale, so that it has at least two points with defined values, that are easily replicated in the laboratory.
        Then Thermodynamic laws set the zero point of the kelvin scale, which was initially obtained by experimental observations.

        I’m not sure of the exact definition these days, but I believe it is based on the theory of an ideal gas; either Boyle’s Law, or Charles’ Law. I can’t remember which.

        Then there is the particle physicists system of units that simply puts c = h = e = 1 or something like that. In that system of units, energy and mass are identical and so is frequency , so that takes care of Einstein’s, e = mc^2 and e = h (nu) and so on.

        But kelvin is an absolute scale so one kelvin ( 1 K) is only one Celsius degree above absolute zero.

        Which is why I NEVER use kelvin as a Temperature difference. its Temperature differences are degrees Celsius.

        G

    • I especially like the second one where it says:

      The budget funding process provides perverse incentives for these bureaucrats to increase the size and scope of their organization simply by creating multitudes of agencies and programs, and by inventing problems and environmental crises set on a global scale.

  5. “The future we want starts with the alphabet.”

    Some minor alphabetical corrections:
    International Lunacy Day and the UNESCO Confuse-us Prize for Literacy

      • so you are making a promise?
        and if the crap remains with trump in office, what do you pay to compensate those who bought your broken promise?
        i’ll bet a dollar you are not insured for that.
        and i’ll bet another dollar that trump in office just means trump flavored crap
        and i’ll bet another dollar that you won’t bet!

      • you’d win, george e.
        and i admit, with pride, i’ve been mostly successful in keeping busy with productive work during this election year enough to avoid most of the toxic effects.
        i do mind over matter; not power over people.
        metal flows like water to take the shape i desire. but nobody does anything just cuz i say so.
        and that’s the way, uh huh, uh huh, i like it.

      • gnomish,

        “so you are making a promise?”

        To say something is the only way to achieve something, does not imply the speaker is promising it will work, but rather is “promising” other ways won’t . .

      • that’s some alice in wonderland kind of parsing, john.
        why do you assume the man means something other than what he explicitly states?
        you could ask him just as easily as i did. it would be respectful to let him speak for himself.
        heh- we know what you’re playing at now, tho, don’t we?
        my, my… you know there’s nothing you can win, right?

        you might be interested in the concept of insurance, eh. it’s a completely voluntary way to restore, replace or compensate for damages.
        maybe you thought retribution was first on the list – but no- it’s last because it fixes nothing.

      • Any Trump SCOTUS appointment still has to get past the Democrats in the Senate.
        So expect Trump SCOTUS appointments to end up like past Republican appointments.
        Disappointments.

      • So gnomish;

        Are you liquificating that Carboniferous Feron from the earth’s core, or are you making Reynolds Wrap.

        Or maybe; more elitely; perhaps you are turning paper wealth into yellow bricks to be buried again at Fort Knox.

        When I see metals running like water; not counting Gallium or Mercury, I tend to go sub-orbital; or at least get the hey out of the way of that ersatz water.

        Well even the Gallium and Mercury are enough to scare me.

        Do you do artistry in these liquid metals, or just make regulated geometries ??

        G

  6. I agree that with the position that learning to read is no guarantee that the reading material will be taken up as gospel. Illiterate people are by no means stupid. They have been discussing all sorts of things their whole lives. If changing beliefs and cultures, priorities and preferences were as easy as having people read something, the world would already have been taken over by one or another mob.

    Even severe bias in an educational system has failed to crank out the desired result in N Korea or the Soviet Union.

    It might surprise some of you that the so-called illiterate natives have quite the nose for perfidy. Similarly don’t despair about your children. They will see through the bunkum of CAGW controlism whatever they have been taught and had to parrot to get through school.

    Everyone relax a bit. This will play out very differently from the current plan. AGW alarm is a very fragile theology that relies on a weak and tottering coalition of the selfish and the ideological. Climate as fashion can change on a whim. What will you all do to keep busy when it flops? Plan ahead. A life in opposition is no life at all. Do something positive starting today.

    • Excellent post! But I believe the UN needs to be reminded of the unalterable truth that the only way to get the world’s poor out of their poverty is to supply them cheap, reliable electricity, which comes only through fossil fuels (with a brief bow to nuclear power and to water power). Until these people can count on uninterrupted steady reliable power, they are at the mercy of the winds and the sun. The UN wants us–those of us it will allow to remain alive–to subsist (!) on renewables, which just don’t do the job. Their plan to re-educate the earth (especially the poor) with climate propaganda is simply nonsense, and it’s time someone calls them on it. (Personal note: Here I sit, in the middle of the warmest afternoon in the past several days, with intermittent sun and average windspeed of 5 mph or less–most likely less, according to what I felt when I stepped outside twenty minutes ago; the solar panels will be on for a moment, off for several; the windmills will be mostly still; but taxpayers still have to pay for any of these things that our government puts up.)

  7. “New technologies, including mobile telephones, also offer fresh opportunities for literacy for all. We must invest more.”

    Yes , do that. Invest more.

    Show us ‘Yes, You can.’

    • Well mobile telephones (AKA “Finger Toys” ) also enable idiots to walk off cliffs or underneath trains.

      It would be hard to conjure up a bigger distraction from productive enterprise.

      G

  8. The first requirement of any bureaucracy is the perpetuation of the bureaucracy. The second it to appear to do something useful.

    • In resp. to Joe Crawford re: bureaucracy, never was a truer word spoken!
      “Yes Minister”, the Brit exposee of life in Whitehall (the administrative centre) shd be ‘must-viewing’ in hi-schools. The scripts were written by a pair (brothers?) one of whom was ex-Brit Ambassador to Washington, and the other who had been very high up in the Treasury … (check me out here). (It has been claimed to be Maggie Thatcher’s fave program on TV.) Suffice to say that it projects — in its satirical way — close-to-truth reality in the corridors of Power. Hi’ly recommended viewing on re-runs.
      As good, of course, is the American version of “House of Cards” . I sense this was scripted by someone who had been on the ‘inside-track’ and has a gripping (and totally frightening) sense of reality of The Power Game …. the aspiration to Ultimate Power subsuming all else — all means justifying all ends. (Shades of Jong-Un?)
      And so, the Environment becomes yet another useful tool, far more useful in politicking than with making the world a better place. So much for Obama’s legacy…

    • I think it was David Boren who best summarized bureaucracy: “Bureaucracy is the epoxy that greases the wheels of government.”

      • Granted, but I think you might have to satisfy the first two before you can grow it. According to Parkenson (C. Northcote) the growth will come automatically, fed by the necessity of properly handling all the (internal) paperwork generated in trying to look useful.

  9. “Education should aim at destroying free will so that
    pupils thus schooled, will be incapable throughout
    the rest of their lives of thinking or acting otherwise
    than as their schoolmasters would have wished”

    Bertrand Russell

  10. “Literacy” is defined for their own convenience. There is no mention of teaching skills such as “critical thinking” or the use of the scientific method – only the elements of the globalist catechism.

      • Yes, and take the US contribution to pay off the national debt or build coal fired power plants, and the required infrastructure, to bring Africa to help the Africans live a better life. Also to build safe drinking water to Africa, the poorest continent.

  11. “And when memory failed and written records were falsified—when that happened, the claim of the Party to have improved the conditions of human life had got to be accepted, because there did not exist, and never again could exist, any standard against which it could be tested.”

    George Orwell – 1984

  12. Just because people are illiterate doesn’t mean they are dumb . In fact when it comes to AGW I believe there is a reverse correlation between academic achievement and belief in AGW leading to catastrophe. It is the less educated who live in the real world who understand when they are being conned.

    • Not gonna happen. Just posturing. The feds have painted themselves into a corner. First they agreed that the provinces could enact their own programs. Now they are threatening to shove a program down the throats of the provinces that don’t act. But they are completely fuzzy as to when, or how that might happen. Because it won’t. Any province that gets something shoved down their throats isn’t going to respond well at the polls. Plus, it will trigger a constitutional challenge that will take a decade to wind through the courts. There will be multiple federal elections between now and then, with increased revenue pressure on governments to get oil to market, and yet more years of duh… nothing bad is happening to the climate.

      Even the brain dead NDP in Alberta are slowly figuring out that prosperity = “carbon”

      • David – for sure not going to happen as most of the provinces already have or will have their own “carbon” pricing in place long before the Feds get their act together. Any Fed who fiddles with Provincial authority will find themselves in court for years just as you said. Governments just can’t resist the tax revenues. The Alberta NDP are proposing to put 10 billion dollars of their so called “Carbon Levy” tax into “Renewable Energy”. Just goes to show how competitive Renewables are. NOT!

  13. One gets the sinister feeling that our generation is being sucked toward a new age of politically correct eco puritanism of which talebanic/IS is1am is only a foretaste. I fear for our children. I just hope they don’t follow their father’s beliefs and convictions and thus finish up on the more comfortable side of the barbed wire fences.

  14. With voice-to-text and text-to-voice on cheap tablets, why would one wish to read and write. It’s far easier to multitask if one is listening or talking than to read and write. The whole read/write paradigm is rapidly becoming a relic of a bygone era. Of course teaching crtitical thinking, maths and science is the key priorities.

  15. The UN does not want people to be educated, they want them to be brainwashed with Global Warming/Climate Change propaganda, making them compliant to directives. Educated people think for themselves and study the facts to make good decisions, which will lead to UN foolishness being rejected. The UN does not want that!

  16. 781 million adults plus 250 million children. Using a world population of 6 billion, that’s just over 17% of the population being illiterate.

    In 1950 it was 64%.

    Not saying the job is done, just saying drop the doom and gloom for a moment and see how far we have come. Going one step further, the largest illiteracy rates most likely occur in corrupt dictatorships and failed states. Not much point in teaching them sustainability when their only goal each and every day is survival. This is a great way for the UN to distract attention from its monumental failure in the third world.

  17. Only Deniers and Deplorables would criticize this spot-on UN initiative. What? Global Literacy? I thought it was Global Lunacy. My bad.

  18. They want people to read so they can indoctrinate people with all the garbage they want them to read and then turn around and write reports to spread the propaganda.

  19. “Today, 781 million adults worldwide cannot read, write or count. Two thirds of them are women.”
    It will be interesting how UNESCO decides to address the disparate number of illiterate women. Will they be adopting resolutions that require certain Middle Eastern countries to start providing schooling for girls?

    • One of the most intelligent people I ever had the privilege to meet was illiterate. He was a village orator in PNG. Had a photographic memory. When an occasion occurred that required the creation a community secretary, he was elected to the job. He had an assistant secretary who had been to high school and could read and write. On the other hand, maybe it was a bit of a scam? He could speak at least 6 languages, but most people could do that. I asked him why he hadn’t learned to read and write. The answer was “I don’t need to do I”.

  20. The UN is a grubby mess and frankly a danger to any form of participatory democracy. To paraphrase “you have sat here for far to long for any good you’ve done”

    It should be dissolved or at a minimum booted out of the US. They would not miss us and we would not miss them.

  21. The headline on this post reads: “UNESCO: We Must Redesign Global Literacy Programmes to Incorporate our Climate Propaganda”

    The highlighted relevant text reads: “…we must also change the traditional approach of literacy programmes to encompass, beyond reading and writing in the narrower sense, broader skills with regard to consumption and sustainable lifestyles, the conservation of biodiversity…”

    Where in that text is climate propaganda mentioned? The answer – not at all. How is conservation and maintaining biodiversity a bad thing?

    As far as the conclusion to teach people to read and let them make their own decisions – yeah, that’s worked very well so far for elephant populations, rhinos and the vast regions of old growth rainforest that have been felled to grown palm oil.

  22. Reading and writing ability never made it.

    Look at green belivers – ‘social competence’ does it.

  23. In order to achieve sustainable development through literacy to fight climate change, poverty and so on the world leaders should put their heads together, provide platforms for women to raise their voice. Education should be given priority…and women the educators..

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