Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Celebrate with us: It's International Literacy Day!

For me, being able to read is one of the nicest things in life. I've learned to love it at such a young age and I never stopped. It has been such a huge part of myself.

It builds one's character.
It exercises the mind, the imagination.
It brings us to worlds beyond our wildest dreams.
It can even help reduce stress (did you know that reading for even just 6 minutes can reduce stress by 68%?).

I can go on and on about the amazing-ness that is 'reading' but it is evident: IT IS DEFINITELY A PRIVILEGE. Sadly, this privilege is not something that everyone is able to enjoy.

According to UNESCO's recent statistics, "775 million adults (15 years and older) still cannot read or write – two-thirds of them (497 million) are women. Among youth, 122 million are illiterate of which 74 million are female."  And it is sad.

That's why to raise awareness of this important issue, UNESCO proclaimed September 8  as International Literacy Day -- which is TODAY! And to celebrate it, Grammarly has gathered the latest literacy statistics from around the world into an infographic.

Literacy Day
Grammarly
Click HERE to view Grammarly's article on the matter.

To close this, I leave you with this precious quote from one of my favorite authors, George R.R. Martin:
"A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies," said Jojen. "The man who never reads lives only one."
- Jojen Reed (A Dance with Dragons, GRRM)

XXX

This post was written in partnership with Grammarly. 

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