Monday, September 8, 2014

Happy International Literacy Day!

Hello Furious Readers and Happy International Literacy Day.

For those unfamiliar with it, International Literacy Day was started by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization and first celebrated in 1966. Its aim is to highlight the importance of literacy to individuals, communities and societies. On International Literacy Day each year, UNESCO reminds the international community of the status of literacy and adult learning globally.

This year's International Literacy Day is focused on Literacy and Sustainable Development. Literacy is one of the biggest tools we have to help promote economic growth, social development and environmental integration. And this is why it's so important to promote and nurture healthy reading habits in people of all age groups across the world.

It's through literacy that we empower people to improve their lives. Literacy gives emerging nations the ability to overcome some of the most difficult hurdles they face. Studies have shown high illiteracy correlate to things like crime, the spread of curable diseases, and childhood mortality rates. It's helping develop and improve literacy programs around the world that we can address some of the underlying issues affecting so many.

This is one of the many reasons promoting literacy is a big part of Read Furiously's mission statement. We believe strongly in the power of reading, and the positive impact it can have on people's lives. And on days like this, it's important to take a moment and reflect on what can be done not just on a local level but globally as well.

As part of our efforts, Read Furiously supports several charitable organizations working to help fight illiteracy. They were chosen not only because of the great work we've seen them do in our own communities, but also because of the work they've done globally to help empower people through reading. But the fight against illiteracy is a complex and wide reaching issue, and it's up to all of us to do our parts to help.

You can find out more about the amazing organizations we support here, along with some simple ways you can get involved in the cause.

And for more statistics on the impact of illiteracy, be sure to check out this great infographic from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.

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