We all read, whether we like to or not. Some of us just use this skill to peruse a cereal box as we consume breakfast, whilst others of us read in any form possible and always carry a book around with them—I may be one of those people. But whether or not you love reading or do it as little as humanly possible, we all have to agree that it is one useful tool in everyday life. The problem is, not everyone can read. This is where International Literacy Day comes in.
Every year this holiday is spent raising awareness of the lack of literacy in certain countries, but this year the World Literacy Foundation has created “an innovative campaign that aims to eliminate the digital divide for students in the developing world, and increase student engagement via an exciting digital learning platform.”
On their easy to read/use website, the World Literacy Foundation has tools, information, and ways to help out during this great and innovative day.
So on September 8th, as you diligently—if not reluctantly—read your textbooks, remember that you are blessed with the gift to read and that others in this world cannot, and maybe you will be inspired to do something about it.
For more information about/surrounding International Literacy, please look below.
World Literacy Foundation Webpage
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