It’s International Literacy Day!

“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.”

The International Reading Association sponsors International Literacy Day each year. The IRA works to promote high levels of literacy for all by improving the quality of reading instruction, disseminating research and information about reading, and encouraging the lifetime reading habit.

Reading does more than educate, it also has wide implications for health and poverty. Read some fascinating facts about literacy:

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