What does it mean to be literate today? Today, literacy includes developing the skills to navigate digital media, exploring ideas from global sources, searching for answers using information given by experts and the ability to sift through many streams of information to suit one’s purpose whether social, cultural or academic. The primary sense of ‘literacy‘ represents the lifelong, intellectual process of gaining meaning and critical interpretation of a written, printed or electronic text.
I’d like you to be aware that the Ebola virus was contracted by people who were literate.
I have listened and read in earnest, the many theories postulated as to how Nigeria was able to control and/or contain the #EbolaVirus. It continues to be surprising, how the most important factor/s that influenced our ‘success’, mostly never gets mentioned on tables of discussions globally.
In all this, because we were dealing with ‘literate’ #ebola victims in Nigeria, again we were able to save the day. The seeming culture of respect for authority would have brought little results if it were not for these literate individuals. Yet, our sociocultural convictions thrived as most people did their best to adhere to the state government’s instructions that were widely publicized; while many included some disturbing actions that were not from the authorities e.g. the ‘hot salt-water bath’. One wonders!
The day was saved with #Ebola and we are free for now. Will the day be saved for our large number of unskilled and illiterate hands, which by default makes up Nigeria? Time to think global, but act local.