THE vision of a literate world has guided the United Nations in its efforts to eliminate illiteracy worldwide. According to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco), the world literacy rate now stands at 91 per cent up from 79 per cent in 1980.
I REFER to the letter ‘Do not tinker with discipline of history’ (NST, Sept 17) by Arof Ishak. He questioned the prominence and deeds of Sybil Kathigasu during that historical episode.
MUSLIMS throughout the world welcomed Maal Hijrah yesterday, reflecting on the new beginning for the ummah celebrated with Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and his companions 1,439 years ago. Hijrah, meaning migration in both physical and spiritual sense, marked the move of the first community from Mecca to Madinah. It was a migration from abuse and discrimination to dignity as a community of nation. It is on this day of Maal Hijrah that close to two billion Muslims resolve to serve God better this year than they did last year.