International Literacy Day was declared by The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 1966. The day serves as a reminder that literacy is a basic human right and to raise awareness about literacy problems all around the world, as well as in our own community. Despite advances in education, UNESCO reports that there are still 773 million adults around the world who are illiterate. However, children are also at risk. Out of the children who fall behind by age nine, 75% are likely to struggle with literacy for the rest of their lives.
On International Literacy Day, organizations, schools, communities, and the government participate in activities to help end illiteracy in their communities. This includes volunteering to tutor, donating books to libraries and other organizations, sponsoring student’s education, hosting fundraisers, and donating to literacy educations.
At the Literacy Council Gulf Coast, we understand the unique struggles individuals in our community face when it comes to literacy. Since 2011, we have been serving the community with free literacy classes. Literacy not only helps individuals live a better life, but it also helps the community and our economy. If you would like to make a difference this International Literacy Day, you can become a tutor, donate, or sponsor a student at the Literacy Council!