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International Literacy Day: What We Can Do to Catch Up

Monday, September 8, 2014
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

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"We have to ask what we will do for 10 year olds who can't read." – Ralph Smith

International Literacy Day is celebrated annually on September 8 to focus public opinion on the major global problem of illiteracy. According to UNESCO, worldwide 774 million adults 15 years of age and older still cannot read or write. Two-thirds of them are women.

In Cuyahoga County, nearly half of the population over age 16 have literacy levels below the required minimum of Level 3. Join us to hear Ralph Smith, Senior Vice President of the Annie E. Casey Foundation and Managing Director of the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, talk about the importance of investing early in literacy and helping parents serve as their children's first teachers and best advocates.This program is presented in partnership with The Literacy Cooperative of Greater Cleveland.

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