Make a difference on Literacy Day

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A giant game of scrabble is just one of many events in New Zealand for International Literacy Day. Photo: Supplied.
A giant game of scrabble is just one of many events in New Zealand for International Literacy Day. Photo: Supplied.

Screen Shot 2015-08-31 at 12.51.51 pmIt’s International Literacy Day on September 8; let’s make a difference.

Just imagine a world where you aren’t able to read or write. Simple tasks like writing emails, or reading signs and instructions would be impossible. How would we learn? The struggles to communicate would be endless. For many, the ability to use such skills is not present.

There are about 775 million people who are illiterate or lacking the basic skills to read and write to manage daily living and employment tasks.

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UNESCO declared September 8 as International Literacy Day in 1965. Since this declaration, schools, organisations and communities around the world have united to promote awareness with the hope to one day eradicate this ongoing human rights violation.

The cost of illiteracy to the global economy is estimated at 1.84 trillion New Zealand dollars – that’s a lot of money. This is because illiterate people have limited opportunities for employment or income, higher chances of ill-health and propensity towards crime or dependence on social welfare, according to www.internationalliteracyday.org.

If you’re involved with a school or organisation then why not help make a change and organise an event to help fundraise. Here are a few event ideas:

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If you’re not involved with a school or organisation, you can still help by attending and supporting events in your area.

For more ideas, or to create an event, register here.

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