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International Poster Exhibit “The Right To Education” Opens at Ohio Northern

February—Nelson Mandela once said that, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

The Right To Education: A Selection of Posters from the Poster for Tomorrow organization is on view at the Stambaugh Studio Theatre Gallery from February 27—March 30, 2012 at Ohio Northern University. The exhibit showcases about 100 posters, representing several countries.

Every year, Poster for Tomorrow chooses a basic human right to draw attention to. Then, they invite the global design community to make posters on the theme that are exhibited around the world on International Human Rights Day, December 10th.

Ohio Northern is only one of two sites in the United States to host this international poster exhibit.

The competition was judged in two phases by a preselection committee and an international jury. During the first jury session, ONU graphic design professor Brit Rowe was selected to take part in the jurying process. “We short-listed the 3,000 entries to about 100,” said Rowe.

Poster for Tomorrow chose to fight for the right to education for all as they believe that education gives people across the whole world the chance to break the cycle of poverty; to live in a more equal world, without discrimination, where everybody has the same chance to learn the same skills and enjoy the same success. And that makes it the perfect subject for the design community to address.

Incredibly 121 million children worldwide are not in primary school, despite universal primary education being a right guaranteed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and being Goal 2 of the UN Millennium Development Goals. Illiteracy rates are staggeringly high even in countries where a child’s right to education is guaranteed.

According to the National Adult Literacy Survey, 42 million adult Americans can’t read (and current estimates have the number of functionally illiterate adults in the United States increasing by approximately 2,500,000 persons each year). In France illiteracy has become a “cause nationale” with 3.1 million people unable to read, write or count. The rate of illiteracy in the United Kingdom is unacceptably high according to Parliament.

In addition to the poster competition, this year, for the first time, Poster for Tomorrow organized a series of workshops across Africa to give young African designers the chance to work with some of the leading designers in the world. Poster for Tomorrow hosted workshops in Burkina Faso, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Mali, Morocco, South Africa, Tunisia and Zimbabwe.

Poster for Tomorrow, in association with 4Tomorrow Association, is an independent, international, non-profit organization whose goal is to encourage people, both in and outside the design profession, to create posters to stimulate debate on issues that affect the global community.

For the last two years, Poster for Tomorrow has focused on a competition that has addressed the right to freedom of expression and fought for the universal abolition of the death penalty.

Ohio Northern offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts with concentrations in two-dimensional, three-dimensional and pre-art therapy. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education, AIGA: The Professional Association for Design, and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is recognized in the second and third editions of “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers” as one of the best creative programs nationwide. For additional information about the department of art & design or the University’s 2011–12 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.