More than 774 million of the world’s adults (nearly two-thirds of whom are women) cannot read or write, reports the International Reading Association, an organization of literacy professionals. Roughly 123 million children worldwide lack those same skills, and are often denied any access to education. It is for this reason and more that International Literacy Day was established on September 8th 1965 by UNESCO, the educational branch of the United Nations. The organization says that literacy is a right and a foundation for lifelong learning, better well-being, and livelihoods.
“Literacy is much more than an educational priority – it is the ultimate investment in the future and the first step towards all the new forms of literacy required in the twenty-first century,” notes Irina Bokova, Director General of UNESCO. “We wish to see a century where every child is able to read and to use this skill to gain autonomy.”
To support International Literacy Day on September 8th, here are 16 pets who want to read with you! Check out their library selections:
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