My grandmother was an English teacher, a poet and a lover of books. She gave me The Very Hungry Caterpillar, and Little Women, Where the Sidewalk Ends and My Antonia.
She turned me into a voracious reader, but the books she gave me were part of a much more essential gift: the ability to read. Literacy is not to be taken for granted. An estimated 130 million boys and girls living in developing countries, aged 15 to 24, are unable to read.
While progress has been made putting children in primary school over the past 20 years, much more must be done to ensure that all children receive the education and tools they need to grow into literate and thriving adults.
A quality education is the basis for a healthier, more prosperous life. The Global Partnership for Education (which you might remember from our blog posts late last year) is helping to close the gap in children’s education in developing countries.
Today, on the eve of International Literacy Day, the Global Partnership is launching the Reading Changed My Life Photo and Video contest. From today through November 7th, share a picture or record a short video that illustrates how reading has changed your life, or the life of someone you know.
Submit your entries through the website, The Global Partnership Facebook page, or on Twitter by tweeting @GPforEducation with hashtag #readingcontest and including your name, your country and how reading changed your life.
On November 7, 2012, vote for your favorite entries. The top 5 photos and top 5 videos will win e-readers and be eligible to win photo and video equipment.
The gift of reading touches us all on a very personal level, and I know our members have some great stories to share. So go to www.readingchangedmylife.org to submit your story, or that of someone you know.