For someone who professes to love books so much I feel pretty ashamed that I never knew that International Literacy Day is on September 8-until today that is. I was, as usual, stalking the aisles of Fully Booked when I came across a new display table piled with books of a couple of authors, namely: Margaret Atwood (one of my favorites), Amy Tan, Toni Morrison, Banana Yoshimoto, and Paul Auster. I asked the staff and they told me that these writers, among a few others, formed the Writers for Literacy Initiative and are helping UNESCO raise literacy awareness
Here are some of my favorite titles of some of these writers:
More than just these authors' books though, that display made me realize how lucky I am that I can actually read. I tried to imagine life without books; living even just a single day without having the ability to dive into the pages of a great novel and surface into another world. I felt chills run down my spine, and my eyes literally watered.
Illiteracy is rampant everywhere. According to UNESCO, "Today one in five adults is still not literate and about wo-thirds of them are women while 67.4 million children are out of school." I Googled the literacy rate of the Philippines and checked out how we were listed in the U.S. Department of State's website and was proud of what I saw: "The Philippines has one of the highest literacy rates in the developing world. About 93% of the population 10 years of age and older are literate." For a country that is considered third world with an alarming poverty index, we sure know how to value our education. I swell with pride at that!
Apologies as I am about to refer to myself in the third person, but Lucy is PROUD TO BE FILIPINO!!! Hurrah!!!! :-)
*ALL TITLES IN THIS BLOG ENTRY FALL UNDER THE ADULT CATEGORY