Happy International Literacy Day!
International Literacy Day was celebrated across the world yesterday, September 8, 2015!
An independent report commissioned by UNESCO (the UN Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization) found that the world is in the midst of a global learning crisis. The report found that 250 million children can’t read or write. That’s nearly 40% of the school population can not read or write. 😦 This makes me sad. Education is a human right and a catalyst for social and global progress. Every child has the right to learn how to read, write or do basic mathematics. I try really hard to change this because I believe that education lifts people out of extreme poverty and it is the fundamental foundation for a better future.
International Business Times UK compiled quotes from famous personalities to celebrate and support literacy. I love them and want to share them with you. Here they are:
“Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.” – Frederick Douglass
“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” – Mahatma Gandhi
“Intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death” – Albert Einstein
“It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength.” – Maya Angelou
“The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you.” – B.B. King
“I will defend the importance of bedtime stories to my last gasp.” – JK Rowling
“A book is a gift you can open again and again.” – Garrison Keillor
“Literacy is a bridge from misery to hope.” – Kofi Annan