Global literacy rates are improving but when Grammarly gathered the latest literary statistics from around the world to celebrate International Literacy Day (8th September), I must admit to being surprised. Literacy is more than a lack of reading skills, it’s a clear predictor of poverty, illness and disempowerment.
There are more than 757 million adults who cannot read or write a simple sentence.
When I read Grammarly’s infographic (which I’m sharing today), I immediately thought of a character from one of Mandy Baggot’s novel …Yan! from Truly Madly Greekly. Mandy portrayed this sensitively and I have to admit, made me feel protective.
Having been taught to read and write by my mum before I even started school, it’s reading statistics like this that make me realise how truly blessed I am to live in a world that for me, is enriched by the written word.
Thanks to Grammarly for providing the infographic.