UNESCO: On World Book Day, Mexico Ranks Second to Last in Reading
Murry Page - The Mazatlan Messenger
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April 26, 2014
During this week's celebration of World Book Day, the light shining on Mexico was not favorable. According to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), globally Mexico ranks 107 out of 108 countries in the organization’s Reading Index.
The Reading Index shows that on average a Mexican reads only 2.8 books a year, compared to Germans who read on average 12 books per year.
According to the Mexican Foundation for the Promotion of Reading, an average home in Mexico has only ten books (non-textbook). According to its 2012 National Reading Survey, 35 percent of Mexicans have never read a book and 54 percent say they do not read books, but only magazines or newspapers.
According to a survey by The National Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI) 55 percent of the Mexican population has never been to a library and only 23 percent went to a library last year.
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