Thursday, September 8, 2011

Read this: International Literacy Day today

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A child-high table for playing with the 22 Hebrew letters at the Jewish museum at Hechal Shlomo in Jerusalem.

Today is International Literacy Day.

The International Reading Association says that
International Literacy Day, traditionally observed annually on September 8, focuses attention on worldwide literacy needs. More than 780 million of the world’s adults (nearly two-thirds of whom are women) do not know how to read or write, and between 94 and 115 million children lack access to education.

And Wikipedia has the list of countries, starting at 100% literacy and going down to 26%(!).

Imagine . . .
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7 comments:

Ann said...

I watched a docu how some adults don't know how to read, and they pretend they do.

Cloudia said...

Look at those cool letters!


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diane b said...

A very interesting Wiki article

Winchester Daily Photos said...

It's amazing as Ann says some people are able to get through school without reading or writing.

VP said...

May be a solution would be some better family planning in undeveloped countries... Ouch, I wrote it!

Sara at Come Away With Me said...

It is difficult to imagine not being able to read...what a limited world that is for them in so many ways. Literacy is so important. It surprised me recently to realize (because I found copies of their wedding certificates on a genealogy website) that my great-great grandparents in Halifax, England could not read/write...they put "X's" as their mark on the certificate. I guess that was true of so many people in those days...it makes me appreciate books and reading all the more!

Karl said...

Interesting post, Dina!
Have a nice weekend.