Yesterday was World Read Aloud Day, which is sponsored and organized by, an international non-profit advocating for and working towards global literacy. It is called LitWorld.org Believe it or not, there are 793 Million people, world wide that can not read. That is an astounding figure in this day and age. Imagine how many of those people could (and are…) being taken advantage of. Imagine how many people are controlled by tyrant, undemocratic leaders simply because the masses can not read for themselves …
Imagine A World Where Everyone Can Read
World Read Aloud Day is about taking action to show the world that the right to read and write belongs to all people. World Read Aloud Day motivates children, teens, and adults worldwide to celebrate the power of words, especially those words that are shared from one person to another, and creates a community of readers advocating for every child’s right to a safe education and access to books and technology. By raising our voices together on this day we show the world’s children that we support their future: that they have the right to read, to write, and to share their words to change the world. (Directly quoted from the LitWorld website World Read Aloud Day Page.)
I personally, didn’t catch any of the publicity for this, so I am putting this on The Hurley Edition calendar so that I will be able to be on top of it for next year. I don’t have the exact date yet for 2014, but we know it always takes place in the first week of March. When I have a date, you will have a date.
I don’t normally beg people to spread my blog around too much, but this is a cause that is very close to my heart, and if you can forward this to as many people as you can, I would be so grateful. Please let me know who, or how many people you have sent this to. It would really brighten my day to know that at least we are getting the word out there!
Hopefully, I’ll have a permanent home here on The Hurley Edition for LitWorld and World Read Aloud Day. But I’ll get back to you on that as and when it happens.
Did you know about World Read Aloud Day? If so, did you attend any activities or take part in any events this year ? I’d love to hear about it!