International Literacy

As you may know, on Tuesday it was International Literacy Day. Global literacy has come a long way in the past few years, but there's still a long way to go.

I could write a long blog post about this, but fortunately I don't have to! Here follows a great infographic from Grammarly (https://www.grammarly.com/plagiarism-checker), which details the latest statistics about world literacy.

Literacy Day
This infographic belongs to Grammarly
The one thing I would say about this otherwise excellent infographic is that the statistics about the number of children who don't attend school might be slightly inflated by the thousands of homeschooled children around the world (most of whom are incredibly literate). But the point stays the same -- there are millions of children and teenagers who don't get a proper education, many of whom live in developed countries such as the US.

So what can we do to help? Well, there are many charities which help to promote literacy in both children and adults. Here's a list of over 150 literacy charities, working all over the world: http://www.playingbythebook.net/125-literacy-book-charities/. In that list, you will find charities to which you can donate money, books, or even volunteering time.

Now all that remains is for me to wish you all a very happy International Literacy Day!

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