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Lisa L. Collibee

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January 2018


February 2018

Feb. 1 - WORLD READ ALOUD DAY: Every year, on World Read Aloud Day, people all around the globe read aloud together and share stories to advocate for literacy as a human right that belongs to all people. Why is World Rad Aloud Day important? Check out the following Global Literacy Statistics:

  • Reading aloud to children every day puts them almost a year ahead of children who do not

receive daily read alouds regardless of parental income, education level or cultural
background (Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research).

  • According to the latest report (2016), 758 million adults – two thirds of them women – lack

basic reading and writing skills (UNESCO).

  • Since 1985, the female adult literacy rate has risen 15%, which is about double the growth

of the male literacy rate in the same time period (UNESCO).

  •  Young people in Africa and Asia are much more likely to be literate than 50 years ago. In

Northern Africa, youth literacy rate (91%) is almost three times as high as the elderly
literacy rate (32%) (UNESCO).

  •  Even though the size of the global illiterate population is shrinking, the female proportion

has remained virtually steady at 63 to 64% (UNESCO).

  • Among the youth population, female literacy rates have been rising quickly. Nonetheless,

three out of five youths lacking basic reading and writing skills are young women

  • If all children in low-income countries left school literate, 171 million people could move

out of poverty (World Literacy Foundation).

  • Poorly-literate individuals are less likely to participate in democratic processes and have

fewer chances to fully exercise their civil rights (UNESCO).

  • A child born to a mother who can read is 50% more likely to survive past the age of five

than a child born to an illiterate woman (UNESCO).

  •  A literate and educated girl is three times less likely to acquire AIDS, she will earn at least

25% more income, and she will produce a smaller, healthier family (UNESCO).

  •  Illiterate people earn 30-42% less than their literate counterparts (World Literacy



Foundation, World Literacy. “World Literacy Foundation.” World Literacy Foundation, World Literacy Foundation Https://, 5 Dec. 2017,


Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, 2016.


UNESCO. “Literacy.” UNESCO UIS, 17 Jan. 2018,


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