International Literacy Day was yesterday, so I’m a bit late to the party.
However, raising awareness about the importance of literacy any day never hurts.
Grammarly has created a lovely infographic about global literacy. They even wrote a blog post about it, which you can find here.
I hope you are able to help the cause by getting involved in whichever way you can.
A week ago, I published a post called Why Do I Do This To Myself?
I managed without a miracle.
Today, I want to share the link to my finished blog on illiteracy.
I believe that reading and writing saves lives. And I don’t care who you are or where you come from, you deserve to be literate.
Books and stories have saved my life.
Want to know what I’ve realized from this experience? When people ask what I want to do, I reply with “I want to write”. In truth, I don’t just want to write. I want to help people.
Let me first start off by telling you a story.
I was sitting beside someone. (I won’t name names.) This person (I rather not specify which gender either) was sitting beside me. Interestingly enough, we were writing in class on this particular day. Being a curious writer, I glanced over at their paper. What I saw made me cringe. This person used ‘fell’ when they actually meant to use ‘feel’ and this led to…you can guess how this ends, right?
Never mind. I’ll tell you how it ends. For an hour, I was completely dumbfounded. But after my shock receded, I came home to pen this post even though I already had one scheduled.
By grade 12, shouldn’t you be able to distinguish between the two? Feel. Fell. Fell. Feel. They don’t even sound the same for crying out loud.
Which got me thinking…
Why does 99 percent of the population at my school hate reading?
I mean if everyone read, this ‘fell’ versus ‘feel’ mistake wouldn’t have happened in the first place.
So now I feel like I’m trapped in an island where everybody is privileged enough to have an education but unappreciative enough to be illiterate. Get me out of here.
OK I know I sound like a total jerk, but by 16, 17, 18, one does not simply confuse two words that don’t even sound the same.
On a much happier note, HAPPY INTERNATIONAL LITERACY DAY!
Someone tell me they plan on reading today. For my sake and sanity.