Our friends at Grammarly made this interesting infographic for International Literacy Day. Read through the statistics and share your thoughts about literacy in the comments below

Source: Grammarly

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Comment by Tara Benwell on September 15, 2015 at 14:43

@Setareh I agree! Kids need full tummies in order to learn. Most schools in my region have a "breakfast club" for families that have difficulty providing enough food for their kids. This is the type of place I would like to volunteer at when I am older. 

Comment by setareh on September 15, 2015 at 10:38

Dear Tara, my father never had a chance to attend school but he gave this opportunity to me and all my siblings to attend school and continue our education at university. Every government should provide all kids the facility of attending school. I even heard about a school that provides food for kids so poor families send their kids to school. Two birds with one stone, right? it is a brilliant idea. I hope all people get the opportunity of to be literate.


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Comment by Anah Sid © on September 9, 2015 at 20:16

Thanks for the share dear Tara!

Comment by Tara Benwell on September 9, 2015 at 17:50

@Nimzaf - Thank you! All of our bloggers can help improve literacy around the world.

@naslpls I appreciate your comment so much. Thanks for the background info.


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Comment by noaslpls on September 9, 2015 at 16:02

My country is very young. We are just gained independent 58 years ago. So unfortunately most of the older generations are illiterate, or most of them are only able to read Quran and read in another form of written text which we called 'Jawi - which alphabets are derived from Arabic alphabets'.
I like to think my country is getting better in improving our education system, but at the same time, we are being typical Asians, of which really putting emphasis on examinations rather than other aspects of educations. So sometimes we are lacking in terms of reading for the sake of general knowledge, rather than reading for examination purposes.
To make it worst, nowadays, education become a big industry over here. So colleges and universities churning out 'graduates', with less quality. So, I won't be surprised if one day soon, we have '100%' success rate in examination but some of those 'graduates' can barely write a complete comprehensive essays or barely survive in real corporate world.

Comment by Nimzaf on September 9, 2015 at 15:58
To solve this global crisis,MyEc's contribution is appreciated.
Comment by Tara Benwell on September 9, 2015 at 15:05

@Afro That is so great to hear! If you know any kids who want to listen to a story, please share my Peter Pan audiobook with them! The text is in the public domain and is available in a variety of formats. It may not match the audio exactly, but should be pretty close. 

Comment by Tara Benwell on September 9, 2015 at 15:03

@Expector Great question! How do kids get through high school without being able to read? I know that it's more difficult to "fail" a student than it used to be. Are they cheating their way through school? 

Comment by bet on September 9, 2015 at 9:46

Here, in Bangladesh we are also trying to ensure primary education for all children.


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Comment by Expector Smith on September 8, 2015 at 23:48

Wow! Thanks for sharing the amazing statistics. 

It's a pity that there are still 757million adults who can't read or write even a simple sentence. According to the stats, South and West Asia has the highest illiteracy rate - 51%. It may have something to do with the region's education system.  

What's more appalling is that 124million children and adolescents do not attend school. Doesn't everyone deserve the right to go to school?

I wonder how come 32million U.S. adults can't read. I don't really get it '19% are high school graduates', though - does that mean high school graduates can't read? I mean even a primary school graduate can read, not to mention a high school graduate. 

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