758 million of adults in the world, 15 years & older, still cannot read or write a simple sentence

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Today is the Internacional Literacy Day

Fifty years ago, UNESCO officially proclaimed 8 September Internacional Literacy Day to actively mobilize the international community and to promote literacy as an instrument to empower individuals, communities and societies.

The truth is that numbers talk by themselves: new literacy data from the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) indicate there are 758 million adults 15 years and older who still cannot read or write a simple sentence.  This means that more than 750 million people don’t have the basic knowledge that allow them to know their rights as an individual; so they are more susceptible to exclusion and poverty. Roughly two-thirds of them, 505 million, are female.

bookBoth for families and for communities, literacy means a necessary instrument to improve health and the relation with the world. In fact, we can affirm that literate society is more proactive to interchange knowledge, and illiteracy represents a difficulty to improve life quality and can generate exclusion and violence.

“The capability of reading or understanding documents is directly related to the eradication of poverty and to the development of communities and societies”, affirms Fidele Podga, coordinator of the Department of Studies and Documentation in Manos Unidas.

UNESCO is celebrating this day under the banner “Reading the Past, Writing the Future” and claim the importance of including literacy in the education programmes.

In Worldcoo we have joined to this commemoration and we encourage society and companies to make that literacy right will be a reality around the world with social projects like the following ones…

  • Regalador is supporting education in Honduras. Thanks to their collaboration, ACOES will be able to distribute 100 school kits among students of ACOES Schools in Nueva Capital.

If you want to celebrate this day with us, we encourage you to share your expressions with the hashtag #LiteracyDay.

Worldcoo Team.

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