International Literacy Day

The United Nations started this day to create awareness.  For instance, were you aware that in 2010 there are approximately 796 million illiterate adults in the world.  This shocked me.

796 million is just a number until you put it in perspective.  Do you know what the population of the United States is?  Currently, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, it is 310, 199, 283.

So more than two of our entire countries worth of people are illiterate. But keep in mind that our population includes many, many children. The number of illiterate people is adults only. This is staggering to me.  Can you imagine your life without the ability to read, the ability to make informed decisions. The U.N. has chosen to focus on promoting literacy to women this year, and once I found out that 70 percent of the illiterate adults are women, it made sense.

Challenge your family to take notice of everything they read to make decisions.  Maps, recipes, bills, etc.  It’s going to make for some interesting dinner conversation.

So how do we celebrate this day?  The U.N. chooses to honor the day by seeking government funds to help the problem.  Our family will choose to look at how we can practically help.    Perhaps a jar of coins collected over the next month for loose change that will go to an organization helping literacy.  Compassion and Gospel of Asia are two  non-profits that sponsors children and ensure that children get an education, whether male or female.  In fact, they encourage sponsors to correspond through letters.  I have to believe that getting letters addressed to yourself would encourage you to read… if not in another language at least in your own to read the translators notes!  If you already sponsor children in your family, consider writing a letter tonight!

Share if you have other ideas!  If nothing else, read a book tonight with a whole new perspective.

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