Today is International Literacy Day. UNESCO states that one in five adults is illiterate, two-thirds of them are women and 67.4 million children are not in school. It's not just a problem in the developing world either. A new report just released by the Canadian Council of Learning states that in the next 20 years the country's major metropolitan areas will see a significant, above-average growth in the number of adults with low literacy.
In honour of International Literacy Day here are a few links to get you started and to find out more information and how you can get involved locally or around the world to help fight illiteracy.
Where you can help
STELLAA - to send books to Africa
Children's Book Bank - provides free books to kids in inner city Toronto
Pencils for Kids - providing educational supplies for schools in Africa