2016 is the 50th anniversary of World Literacy Day, an opportunity to highlight and promote literacy education amongst individuals, communities and societies. This year’s theme is ‘Sky’s the Limit’ recognising the growing digital divide in education with and between countries.
While global literacy rates continue to rise as a result of technological change, increased recognition by governments and the on the ground efforts of NGO’s like Oxfam, there are still huge disparities in the access to education around the world.
India has the largest share of illiterate adults worldwide, around 287 million people, many of whom are young girls and women. This has a ripple effect through the community, as their children are likely to suffer from the same disadvantages.
Come into the Oxfam Fair Trade WA shop to see our range of Indian handicrafts and accessories. The proceeds go towards Oxfam Australia’s programs that aim to end inequalities and lift people out of poverty. Improving education and literacy is one of the ways we can achieve this.
You can also contribute through our Oxfam Unwrapped Gift Cards, a program which directly links your support with improving the lives of those in disadvantaged and developing communities.
Find out more at https://unwrapped.oxfam.org.au/gift/literacy-classes