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Sept. 8th ~ International Literacy Day


In fact, it’s the 50th Anniversary of International Literacy Day! international literacy day

Here’s some data…

“The world has changed since 1966 – but our determination to provide every woman and man with the skills, capacities and opportunities to become everything they wish, in dignity and respect, remains as firm as ever. Literacy is a foundation to build a more sustainable future for all.”
~~~  UNESCO Director-General   

World Literacy Foundation

International Literacy Association

And, here are 17 articles on literacy

List of countries by literacy rate

Map of World Literacy

The 10 Most Literate Countries in the World

The 10 Countries with the Lowest Literacy Rates
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Why Are There Still So Many People Who Don’t Have Books to Read?


Many organizations and individuals work very hard to get books to those who have none… worldreader

One individual is linked-to in the left side-bar—his organization is called GoneReadingyou can buy really cool gifts for readers; yet, they give “100% of after-tax profits to fund reading-related charities…”.

I have an interview with the founder of GoneReading.

Another organization I’ve written about is WorldReader (here are the posts I’ve done about them…).

Here’s just a bit of explanation of what WorldReader does:

Literacy is transformative

It increases earning potential, decreases inequality, improves health outcomes and breaks the cycle of poverty. Books are necessary for the development of literacy skills yet millions of people still have limited access to books.

We’re changing this.

WorldReader does its work by supplying folks with e-readers stocked with books appropriate for their age and culture

Plus, today on TechCrunch, there was an article involving WorldReader called, Amazon Launches the Kindle Reading Fund to Expand Digital Reading Around the World.

Do read the full article to find out how broadly Amazon‘s initiative reaches; but, here’s an excerpt about their affiliation with WorldReader:

“The company says its new collaboration with Worldreader will see Amazon donating thousands of Kindle e-readers to developing nations. The two have worked together previously, however. For example, Amazon recently supported Worldreader’s LEAP 2.0 library partnership in Kenya, which reaches around 500,000 people by bringing digital reading to 61 libraries in the country.”

It’s been said there are one billion people on our planet with no access to books

If you want to be inspired to do something about this, watch these two videos

This one was done in association with Kindle:

 

This one is from WorldReader, directly:


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Find #Gifts for #Readers & Help Build #Libraries


Gone Reading It was back in October of 2011 that I interviewed Bradley S. Wirz of Gone Reading International, in the post, It’s Simple. They’re Gone Reading :-)

A few brief excerpts:

“My corporate life had taken its toll.  I’ll spare you the details, but I found myself curled up in the fetal position in a hotel room in New York City.  I called my wife and said ‘I can’t do this anymore!’

“By coincidence I had previously committed to going on a volunteer trip to Honduras in a few weeks’ time.  Our project involved helping to build a library in the middle of the Honduran jungle.  That’s what got the wheels turning in my mind.”

>>>So, Brad, how does GoneReading work?

“GoneReading is a lifestyle brand of merchandise and gifts for book lovers like you and me.  Our current offering consists of original designs, each coupled with a slogan to pique the interest of readers…Everything is available for purchase at the GoneReading Store.

“We’re donating 100% of the company profits in perpetuity to fund new libraries in the developing world.  We actually wrote that into our corporate charter.”

There are around a billion fellow humans who don’t read because they can’t get books

Folks like Brad are doing something about it and helping folks like me and you do something, too

Here are just a few of the categories of gifts for readers you can buy and have your purchase help Brad help others build libraries:

Book Holders, eReader & Tablet Stands

Book Journals for Readers

Floating Bookshelves

Literary Mugs & Drinkware

Cards & Stationery

And, there are 19 more categories of gifts at the GoneReading Store :-)

Plus, on their FAQ page, you’ll find this Mission Statement:

“We envision a world where everyone has the opportunity to better themselves through the open pursuit of the dreams and ideals of their choosing.  We envision a world where such opportunity exists for everyone, regardless of their country of origin or locale.  Our mission is to bring the world closer to this vision by helping to ensure that everyone has open access to the reading materials they want and need.  We accomplish this mission by providing new funds for reading-related charities that focus their work across the developing world.”

And, here’s a very excited Karen Blue reviewing a few things from GoneReading :-)
As you watch, don’t forget this quote from Brad:

“We’re donating 100% of the company profits in perpetuity to fund new libraries in the developing world.”


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Promoting Literacy by Putting It in World-Crisis-Solving Perspective


The title of this post is certainly a mouthful (and, mindful…). Project Literacy

I was alerted to this initiative on the Co.Create site with their article, “Alphabet Of Illiteracy” Highlights How Reading Can Help Save The World.

An excerpt:

“An A to Z list of world problems that could be eased by being able to read is at the heart of a campaign launched in the U.K….an international initiative to raise public awareness and support for efforts to combat illiteracy.”

Another:

“But what immediately struck us was a near total lack of awareness. Ask people to name the world’s top problems and they are far more likely to mention others, like hunger. Yet scratch the surface, and illiteracy is a factor in them all.”

One more:

“The idea was to exploit the power of juxtaposition, according to art director Julia Ferrier. The appeal of a pictorial alphabet lay in the power of contrasting the simplicity of a children’s ABC-style of approach with the stark reality of the global problems illiteracy feeds.”

So, the actual initiative is called Project Literacy.

Among its many international Partner Organizations is one I’ve written about here a number of times—WorldReader.

And, the Alphabet of Illiteracy is an Extremely Powerful Concept

One final excerpt:

“Illiteracy affects over 757 million people worldwide and has an impact on global development. Although it is a largely invisible issue, the repercussions of this can be seen in everyday struggles such as poverty, gender inequality, and access to basic civil rights.”

Naturally, there’s a petition you can sign to support literacy.

And, a video to drive it home


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Some of the “Best” Books of 2015


WorldReader I got an email the other day from WorldReader—“…on a mission to bring digital books to every child and her family, so that they can improve their lives.”

The email directed me to their article, Top Books Read in 2015, from which I’ll share a few excerpts, in the hope of encouraging you to read the whole article:

“Access is the initial hurdle when building a literate world, so books need to be easily accessible, especially in places where they have historically been sparse. Thanks to Worldreader, readers anywhere in the world can access a library of over 28,000 free books in dozens of languages.”

“The top 5 books read by men and women across Africa and Asia are near mirrors of each other. Both lists are populated with Romance titles…and sexual health guides... Considering societal constraints, such as ideas about what men should read and what material is considered not feminine, it’s interesting to see men’s and women’s taste as similar until you consider this: reading on a mobile phone offers a private reading environment a print book cannot afford.”

Do, please, read the full article…

Next to consider are a few books from Livia Blackburne, Neuroscientist and Author, from her blog, A Brain Scientist’s Take on WritingMy Favorite Reads from 2015.

I’ll list the books but urge you to read what she says about them by visiting the full article:

Non-Fiction:

Girls Like Us: Fighting for a World Where Girls are Not for Sale, an Activist Finds Her Calling and Heals Herself by Rachel Lloyd

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand

Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea by Barbara Demick

Fiction:

To Say Nothing of the Dog (Oxford Time Travel #2) by Connie Willis

Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco X. Stork

The Winner’s Curse (The Winner’s Trilogy #1) by Marie Rutkoski

An Ember in the Ashes (An Ember in the Ashes #1) by Sabaa Tahir

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

And, perhaps you’ll check out Livia’s Author Site
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