I'm honored and proud to have been named the Seattle ambassador for World Read Aloud Day.
LitWorld.org created World Read Aloud Day to promote worldwide literacy through transformational reading and writing experiences that build connection, understanding, resilienceand strength. Educated citizens are far more likely to be healthy, raise healthy children, hold steady jobs and contribute to the social, intellectual and emotional welfare of their communities. LitWorld vigorously campaigns for the rights of children to learn to read and write so they can grow up safe, secure and productive, and become socially and environmentally responsible engaged members of their local communities. LitWorld is led by renowned literacy educator Pam Allyn, who will be the featured guest on my"Peeling Mom Off the Ceiling" radio show on Monday, February 28th, 2011.
Global Literacy Saves Lives
In SubSaharan Africa, providing every mother with secondary education would save the lives of 1.8 million children each year.
Global Literacy Improves Family Planning
Lack of education for women is strongly associated with early marriage, larger family sizes and poor health and nutrition.
Global Literacy Decreases Child Mortality
A child whose mother cannot read or write is 50% more likely to die before the age of five and 200% more likely to suffer from malnutrition than a child whose mother completed primary school .
Global Literacy Impacts Maternal & Child Health
Women with six or more years of education is three times less likely to seek prenatal care, assisted childbirth and postnatal care, reducing the risk of maternal and child mortality and illness
Global Literacy Increases Economic Prosperity
A map of areas of high illiteracy in the world corresponds with a map of high levels of poverty, and literacy competence is an essential learning outcome contributing to economic development. Literacy is one of the features – but a universal one – that is linked with poverty reduction, economic growth and wealth creation.
Stay tuned to this website for details on local World Read Aloud Day events in the Seattle area.