How Bible Education Promotes Literacy


The Bible is the best read book in the world. Its powerful teachings have transformed people to live a peaceful, healthy and happy life.

“Literacy is a human right, a tool of personal empowerment and means for social and human development.”- UNESCO

According to an investigation, worldwide over 700 million people aged between 15 and above cannot read or write. Due to this problem, they are unable to explore a vast world of knowledge, including the fine moral and spiritual teachings written in the Bible. There are many organisations helping countries, especially in the Third World to cultivate the habit of reading to improve their standard of education, but the Jehovah’s Witnesses incorporate literacy training into their program of Bible education is gradually changing lives in many countries.

In Mexico predominantly Spanish-speaking country, since the year 1946, the Witnesses have taught more than 152,000 people to read and write, and many students later becoming teachers themselves. The government of the countries which the Witnesses have made significant impact to improve the reading standard of the people, has letters to the Witnesses in recognition of their work. One of the letters states: “This General Board of Education acknowledges and congratulates you for your cooperation in the development of the Adult Education Program.”

Throughout Africa, intensive teachings of the words of Jehovah in the Holy Bible, have helped thousands to read and write. Aside, it has also helped many young people to lead meaningful lives. Literacy is indeed a precious asset that opens up a world of learning. But above all literacy enables people of all sorts to read the Bible, a divinely inspired book that can set them free from enslaving superstitions, false religious beliefs and hurtful behaviour.

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