July 2, 2012

“The Number of American Adults who Are Functionally Illiterate Increases by 2.25 Million each Year.”

Does this frighten you?

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It horrifies me.

You want to do something this week to change the world? Help someone learn how to read.

“Literacy is a bridge from misery to hope. It is a tool for daily life in modern society. It is a bulwark against poverty, and a building block of development, an essential complement to investments in roads, dams, clinics and factories. Literacy is a platform for democratization, and a vehicle for the promotion of cultural and national identity. Especially for girls and women, it is an agent of family health and nutrition. For everyone, everywhere, literacy is, along with education in general, a basic human right…. Literacy is, finally, the road to human progress and the means through which every man, woman and child can realize his or her full potential.”

~ Kofi Annan

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