Tuesday, September 8, 2015

September 8 is International Literacy Day

Literacy is the key to a better world.

This statement has a solid and undeniable foundation: the connection between illiteracy and global poverty is a proven and self-evident truth. Society as a whole improves and benefits from protecting the right to education across social strata, genders, religious groups, racial, and geographical boundaries.

Millions of people would be lifted out of poverty if every child received an education. And yet, an alarming number of children, adolescents, and adults are still denied the opportunity to become literate, thus perpetuating that cycle of poverty and exploitation we witness in Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, Arab States, and Latin America.

In some cases, we do not even need to look that far to find the fundamental right to education systematically  violated or neglected: 14% of the U.S. adult population can't read.

In order to raise public awareness about the necessity of a literate society, September 8 was proclaimed International Literacy Day by the UNESCO (November 17, 1965). Today, Mina's Bookshelf would like to celebrate the importance of the written word in partnership with our friends at Grammarly and remind you that donations to literacy-promoting charities  can be a great contribution to the relief of this social plague.

Literacy Day Infographic kindly provided by Grammarly https://www.grammarly.com/plagiarism-checker

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