International Literacy Day

September 8 is International Literacy Day

When I first moved to a new town and state, I was on the search for a job. I had turned in a number of applications and hadn’t heard anything back. Then I found out, that in general the area tended to ignore the applications that were just turned in and not filled out in the presence of the hiring managers.  Why? it seemed strange. Nevertheless, it was because a number of the areas population can’t read/write. So family members would fill out applications and then people would get jobs they couldn’t fulfill the job requirements. So by demonstrating the ability to read and write by filling out your own application at the store increased the odds of being hired!

That was really sad in my opinion but it opened up my eyes to a hard truth about the world. Not everyone can read and write.  99% of Americans can read and write! That means that there is about 1 person out of every 1oo that can not read and write in America.  The rate of people who are illiterate increases in many of the other countries around the world.

Things to consider doing today with family

1.  Think of ways that you might be able to help. Share information as to where people might go to learn how to read.

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