To celebrate International Literacy Day and to help raise awareness about the importance of literacy, Grammarly have created a new infographic to bring to your attention the seriousness and importance of global literacy.

By gathering the latest literacy statistics from around the world, the infographic looks at the facts of illiteracy, what exactly it is and what causes it, giving statistics and distribution maps to show how widespread the problem is.

What is illiteracy?

It’s more than just a lack of reading skills. Around the world, 757 million adults, aged 15 and over, can’t read or write a simple sentence. But illiteracy isn’t a problem confined to the developing world, as, according to the U.S. Department of Education, there are 32 million adults in the United States who cannot read, either (and 19% of them are high school graduates!).

Our world today is perhaps more text-driven than at any other time in history. In the Digital Age, the ability to read and write can transform lives, families, and even whole communities. Since UNESCO celebrated the very first International Literacy Day on September 8, 1966, the plight of millions of people around the world has improved through programs dedicated to helping marginalized populations become literate.