International Literacy Day 2015: About That 16%

If you’re reading this post, you’re among the 84%―globally―who can read.

Being in that majority is terrific, right?

But what about the 16% who are unable to read and write?

This year, we have over 7.3 billion global neighbours. It means that the 16% equates to―well, you do the math―staggering millions of adults worldwide who have little or no reading skills. What’s even worse, two-thirds of that illiterate population is women!

“If you educate a man, you educate an individual, but if you educate a woman, you educate a nation.”
― Dr. James Emmanuel Kwegyir-Aggrey, Ghanaian scholar

Readers are Leaders

“Literacy is a bridge from misery to hope. It is a tool for daily life in modern society. It is a bulwark against poverty, and a building block of development, an essential complement to investments in roads, dams, clinics, and factories. Literacy is a platform for democratization, and a vehicle for the promotion of cultural and national identity. Especially for girls and women, it is an agent of family health and nutrition. For everyone, everywhere, literacy is, along with education in general, a basic human right…. Literacy is, finally, the road to human progress and the means through which every man, woman, and child can realize his or her full potential.”
― Kofi Annan, former United Nations Secretary-General

Young reader.
Young reader.

Jamaica understands what’s at stake, and is once again on board with the efforts of global agencies to promote literacy this year.

Consequently, the Ministry of Education is joining the Jamaica Library Service and the Jamaica Reading Association to host exhibitions and “read aloud” sessions, among other related activities today.

And as a stroke of perfect timing, the Little Lion Reading Tour begins tomorrow, thus maintaining the momentum of today’s literacy focus.

Little Lion Reading Tour Schedule, via Jamaica Library Service on Facebook.

Because if we want a literate and sustainable world, we need to increase that 84% to 100%.

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Retirement Lifestyle / Nomadic Adventurer
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I love the first photo with the incredible quote. Great posting.

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coffeegrounded
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Reblogged this on CoffeeGrounded's Blog and commented:
A beautiful reminder of how we can each impact the world. Bring hope to those who believe there is none, open a book before them and teach them how distance is not measured by miles or kilometers, but by their entrance upon the landscape whenn measured through knowledge.

Cara Siskova
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For some reason I’m unable to reboot on my self hosted WordPress blog. Wonder why.

Anyway, excellent post! Reminds me I need to finally put up a post I made about the best bookstore in Ghana.

Cara Siskova
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*reblog not reboot. Damn auto correct!!!

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Reblogged this on xocara.

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Awesome post on literacy!!! Thanks so much for sharing!!! I, in turn, will share. 🙂 🙂 🙂

Emmy
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Emmy

Such an important post. Thank you!

There was a scene in Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell where a magician was sent overseas to help British win the war. Gathered around the fire, the magician asked soldiers what they needed from him. They all reached into their pockets and handed him letters from their wives and families, and asked him to read the letters out loud. It was fiction, but I do wonder how many soldiers around the world can’t even get through a letter, much less a book.

Leslie
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Thank you for this important post, Nadine!

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Reblogged this on Memoir Notes.

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