The way we compose and read words has changed dramatically over time, but the importance of words has not diminished. Our world today is perhaps more text-driven than at any other time in history. So, literacy skills are more important than ever.
The ability to read and write is a critical life skill. Those who do it well have an edge in many professions.
UNESCO’s International Literacy Day is designed to highlight the plight of millions of people around the world has improved through programs dedicated to helping marginalized populations become literate.
Illiteracy is more than just a lack of reading skills. Around the world, it is a clear predictor of poverty, illness, and disempowerment. Even in the United States, there are 32 million adults who cannot read, according to the U.S. Department of Education.