International Literacy Day
- At least 1 in 7 people in the world cannot read.
- 776 million adults are illiterate.
- 75 million children are out of school.
- 30 million adults in the U.S. possess below-basic literacy skills.
Literacy is a human right, a tool of personal empowerment and a means for social and human development. Educational opportunities depend on literacy.
Literacy is at the heart of basic education for all, and essential for eradicating poverty, reducing child mortality, curbing population growth, achieving gender equality and ensuring sustainable development, peace and democracy. There are good reasons why literacy is at the core of Education for All (EFA).
A good quality basic education equips pupils with literacy skills for life and further learning; literate parents are more likely to send their children to school; literate people are better able to access continuing educational opportunities; and literate societies are better geared to meet pressing development .
[UNESCO site – United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization]