International Literacy Day

September 8, 2011 at 1:47 PM | Posted in AmeriCorps, ESOL, Family Learning, Teaching, Tutoring, Volunteers | Comments Off on International Literacy Day
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Today the world celebrates International Literacy Day. On this day every year, UNESCO encourages us all to stop to recognize the importance of literacy and adult learning.  This year the focus is on the link between literacy education and peace.  Education develops knowledge, critical thinking, thoughtful questioning, dialogue, recognition of different perspectives.

The Director of UNESCO, General Irinia Bokova, sums it up, “The world urgently needs increased political commitment to literacy backed by adequate resources to scale up effective programs. Today I urge governments, international organizations, civil society and the private sector to make literacy a policy priority, so that every individual can develop their potential, and actively participate in shaping more sustainable, just and peaceful societies,”[i]

The Literacy Council of Northern Virginia thinks about adult education and literacy every day.  We believe that adult education changes lives, strengthens the economy, improves children’s performance in school, and creates a strong community.  Literacy is the ticket to a more sustainable future for families and the economy, and yet Virginia ranks 37th nationally in state expenditure for adult education and literacy. Over 129,000 adults living in Northern Virginia are functionally illiterate.

Please join the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia in our mission to create a more literate community.  Please consider volunteering with the Council to teach an adult how to read, write, speak and understand English. Please consider donating to the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia to support our educational programs that will strengthen the Northern Virginia community.  Please celebrate International Literacy Day with us by checking out our web-site and seeing how you can get involved.

Next week we celebrate National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week (September 12 – September 18). The Literacy Council of Northern Virginia is running a campaign to recruit a new volunteer during this week.  This could be you! Please join us.

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