It’s International Literacy Day and 250 million kids can’t read this.

A young girl smiling at the camera while holding a chalkboard in a Cambodian classroom.

Question:

How would your life be different if you were illiterate?

A young female student in a classroom in Cambodia

Wait. Stop. Think about it.

You probably wouldn’t be able to do your job. 

Good luck following tonight’s dinner recipe. 

Forget about that email you need to send your mom about rescheduling your coffee date. 

No more bedtime stories.

A young girl in a Cambodian classroom looking pensive

 Your life would be totally different. You’d be a different person, right?

This post isn’t about a guilt trip. We don’t want to get you down. It’s just nice to take a moment to reflect, to appreciate how reading and writing has shaped you into the person you are and shaped the life you live.

Illiteracy is a bigger issue than a lack of reading skills. It is a predictor of poverty, illness, and disempowerment. If all students in low-income countries left school with basic reading skills, 171 million people could be lifted out of poverty. This is equal to a 12% cut in global poverty.

To celebrate International Literacy Day and help spread some awareness about global illiteracy, we would like to share with you this infographic created by Grammarly.

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