It’s time to share literacy

Today is the 50th International Literacy Day, sponsored by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization).

Literacy is a concept that has acquired multiple meanings. Basically, it is the ability to use printed and written information to function in society, to achieve one’s goals, and to develop one’s knowledge and potential.

I believe that those of us lucky enough to have had an education that helped us develop the skills to put that ability to use have an obligation to ‘pay it forward’ by helping those who don’t have our advantages.

For some people, this means volunteering to read at a local library or school, or giving books to the children’s section of the local library.

For others, it means getting involved with the local Literacy Volunteers Agency to teach adults how to read.

For still others, it means donating books or funds to UNESCO or another organization that supports literacy skills in third world nations.

What does this mean for you? Reflect on what your life would be like if you couldn’t read and understand written materials. What is that ability worth to you?

Consider making a donation, either locally or to an international organization that supports literacy skills.

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