International Literacy Day – A future full of hope

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Today here in Hertfordshire is a sparkling autumn day with the sculptures at the Henry Moore Foundation gleaming in the sun – a day full of hope. Today, 8th September is International Literacy Day. . Did you know 64% of the world’s 897 million illiterate people are female?

Gender equality is one of the most effective ways to fight extreme poverty and build healthier, wealthier, and more educated communities.

Studies show that women reinvest up to 90 % of their incomes back into their families, compared to just 30-40 % by men. Mothers provide better nutrition and health care and spend more on their children. Investing in women and girls creates long-term social and economic benefits for all individuals, their communities, and the world as a whole.

Educating girls can save millions of lives. There are few more dramatic illustrations of the power of education than the estimate that the lives of…

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