Years ago I remember sticking NUSAS stickers on ATM machines which read “Republic Day – no cause to celebrate”. This week is Adult Learners' Week and September the 8th is International Literacy Day. The question that springs to mind is: Is there cause to celebrate? Officially 781 million adults are illiterate in the world, most of them women. In reality this figure is much higher as even more adults are unable to read or write well enough to function effectively in society.