September 8, 2010

Happy International Literacy Day!

colored bookshelf

Today is International Literacy Day! Created by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization) in 1965, International Literacy Day’s goal is to emphasize and celebrate literacy around the world, for all individuals and in all communities. According to UN statistics almost 774 million adults throughout the world have at most only basic reading skills.

Many libraries and community centers around the country use this day as an opportunity to reach out for volunteers to tutor and assist adults and children in improving their reading skills (such as our local San Francisco Library). If you’re in New York City, check out today’s blog post about International Literacy Day, and see how you can get involved.

At Tea we celebrate reading through our Children’s Books. We donate the proceeds from their sale to the Global Fund for Children, which funds grassroots organizations throughout the world, and focuses on promoting education for disadvantaged youth.

If you want to find more ways to contribute to organizations that focus on literacy, here are some useful suggestions.

What were your favorite books when you were a child? What are your favorite books now? Leave a post in the comments below.

Comments

  1. Kim says:

    Charlie and the chocolate factory. Roald Dahl was a story telling genius!