Bookish Topic Tuesday
International Literacy Day 2014
Yes I know it’s Monday, but I thought I’d be early because today is International Literacy Day, organised by UNESCO. The day is to recognise the fact that there’s over 700 million people who are illiterate, with over 65% of them female. Considering this blog relies upon the fact that people are literate, I thought it important to highlight this date, and the work still to be done. I can recognise the power of literacy, it means a lot more than being able to read the latest Game of Thrones novel, a person’s whole life can be changed. Improve literacy and you can see improvements, in health, peace, gender equality, empowerment, the environment, poverty, and so much more. This year’s theme is Literacy and Sustainable Development.
It is pleasing to note that the youth literacy rate is 5% higher than the adult rate, but it’s still not quite 90%. And there are still a number of countries where more than half of the population are illiterate. We must congratulate the effort, because in 1990 there were 76% literacy, and now it is up to 84%. But there is a lot of work yet to be done. I feel quite lucky to have been born in a country where literacy is high (so much so we take literacy for granted), since it enabled me to have to so many opportunities, like this blog.
Feel free to donate to UNESCO here, to support them in their work to increase worldwide literacy. And support literacy in your own community, go to libraries, make sure they survive, read to your children (if you have them) and read yourself.