Happy International Literacy Day!

UNESCO International Literacy Day 2011

It is sad to contemplate that nearly 800 million adults in the world cannot read or write. That means one in six adults on the planet is deprived of their right to an education and to all the benefits that entails. One of those benefits is peace, because people who have employment opportunities and who can participate in the political process do not have to pick up a gun to get what they want.

Significant progress has already been made. Overall, literacy is up 8% over the past 20 years, and youth literacy is higher than adult literacy, so the future looks even better. But there is still much work to do, which is why I support literacy organizations (see my blog’s footer). It is a wonderful thing that no matter where you live, literacy and education improve people’s lives, so help where you can!