Tuesday, September 8, 2015

International Literacy Day

Today, September 8th is international literacy day. An article in the Deseret news today said, "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 million and 115 million children lack access to education."

I wish I could find a link to the entire article, but if you live in Salt Lake City, Utah, go grab a copy of the Deseret news, turn to section C6 and read all about it.

I believe that many of the worlds problems could be solved if more people read. Reading enriches our lives in ways that nothing else can. Knowledge is power. As a young slave, Frederick Douglass knew this when he traded bread to the street childen so that they would teach him to read. He went on to become a wonderful writer and orator. Narrative of the life of Frederick Douglass

In honor of International Reading Day, visit your local library or bookstore, and read to a child. 


  1. That's interesting. It's a cause I'd like to be more involved with.

  2. I totally agree with your comment-- with reading, you can go anywhere (through a book) and learn about anything. I had no idea the numbers were so high.