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Toronto celebrates Literacy Month

By KJ Mullins     Sep 1, 2010 in World
On Wednesday Toronto's Mayor David Miller proclaimed September as Literacy Month celebrating the right to read and write.
There will be several programs running during the month of September in Toronto to focus on literacy. The programs are being run by the City of Toronto along with Metro Toronto Movement for Literacy, ABC
Life Literacy Canada, Toronto Public Library and local school boards.
“We must continue to ensure that our residents are able to participate fully in the life of our city and in society at large,” stated Mayor Miller in a press release. “I'm proud of our commitment to eliminate illiteracy and to make reading an every day part of our culture.”
One of the most popular programs is Word On The Street. Winners of the 2010 Toronto Book Awards and past winning authors will be at the park reading from their books during the event. The festival will be held on September 26 at Queen's Park.
Literacy is an issue for 24 percent of Toronto's adult residents who can only read simple words and sentences. In Canada four out of 10 adults struggle with literacy.
The United Nations is working to eradicate illiteracy by the end of 2012. World wide there are almost 100 million children that have no chance to attend school. That lack of education and areas that have had no education in the past have contributed to the almost 800 million adults that are unable to read and write globally.
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