Pencils of Promise and World Literacy Day are cause for celebration

Today is World Literacy Day, which at Wattpad, holds a very special place in our hearts. Access to quality education is something so easily taken for granted in parts of the world where it’s readily available, which is why we’re raising awareness for Pencils of Promise, an organization founded by Adam Braun, with a mission to provide quality education and literacy to children in the developing world.

To support this mission and celebrate World Literacy Day simultaneously, Wattpad is featuring Braun’s complete memoir “The Promise of a Pencil: How an Ordinary Person can Create Extraordinary Change” for free on September 8th and 9th, delivering his message to Wattpad’s more than 40 million users.

During his travels around the world, Adam Braun became acutely aware of the of the lack of access to proper education. When a small boy in India asked him for a pencil, a figurative light bulb went off and he realized the profound impact that writing utensils, and other school supplies, can have on children – and the doors of possibility they can open.

Today, Pencils of Promise continues to help raise awareness for the 250 million children worldwide who, through no choice or fault of their own, lack basic reading and writing skills. In doing so, it’s established itself as a leader among innovative global non-profits working towards sustainable social change. And at Wattpad, we couldn’t be more excited about helping spread their message.

How can you help spread the literacy love? Throughout World Literacy Day (September 8th- Today!) every time you use the #whereiread hashtag you’ll unlock a $1 donation to help educate children globally.

And feel free to check out Adam Braun’s complete memoir “The Promise of a Pencil: How an Ordinary Person can Create Extraordinary Change” on Wattpad today and tomorrow, to learn more about a cause worth its weight in pencils.

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