Monday, September 8, 2014

Today is International Literacy Day

Did you know that more than 781 million adults and 126 million children in the world cannot read or write? As a way to promote awareness around the issue of illiteracy, the United National Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) created International Literacy Day in 1965. Since then, the day has been celebrated internationally on September 8 each year. Many organizations, including Phi Kappa Phi, extend the celebration beyond September 8 and devote the entire month to literacy awareness.

In honor of International Literacy Day today, we challenge you to educate yourself about the stats and facts surrounding illiteracy. Check out the 2014 UNESCO International Literacy Day infographic to learn more. And don’t forget to tell us how you are celebrating International Literacy Day by using #PKPCelebratesLiteracy.

Stay tuned to the Phi Kappa Phi blog throughout September for more literacy-related posts. If you haven’t already, check out this post that spotlights one of the many literacy initiatives being championed by Phi Kappa Phi member and Literacy Grant winner Sky Choi.

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