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International Literacy Day

Imagine not being able to read.

You would not be able to text a message or send an e-mail. You would not be able to blog. You would not have access to the wonderful world of books.

Reading is a human right.

September 8th is International Literacy Day a day set aside by the United Nations to remind us that while there are four billion people in the world who can read, there are billions who cannot.

How important is reading?

Reading opens minds. (statistics from the NEA)

  • In the United States readers are 27% more likely to volunteer and do charitable work than non-readers.
  • They are 37% more likely to vote.

Reading fights racism and prejudice: Maya Angelou explains: 

What can you do?

If you are a parent: Read to your child

If you are a teacher: Share not only the techniques, but also the joy of reading

If you are a concerned citizen of the world: Get schools, teachers, and books to every child.

Visit these websites to learn more...

Global Literacy

Literacy is Freedom

National Educational Association Facts about Literacy

ProLiteracy

Take Part

World Literacy Foundation

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