Today on International Literacy Day we are reflecting on this year's theme, which is "Transforming Literacy Learning Spaces."
UNESCO encourages that we use this opportunity to "rethink the fundamental importance of literacy learning spaces to build resilience and ensure quality, equitable, and inclusive education for all."
We have seen for years that poverty prevents access to education for most of our Korah families. As such, a key piece of what we do is to facilitate Level 1 and 2 Literacy Training for the adults in our program, taking them up to a grade 3 skill level. We then help to arrange distance education opportunities for those who are interested in carrying on their education starting with grade 4.
Many women who entered the program this year have learned to write for the very first time. One mom, Bogalech, didn't even know how to write her name when she first began literacy training, and is now writing in complete sentences!
The theme for this year's International Literacy Day feels so fitting as we celebrate the achievements of our women in their literacy classes, and as we continually seek out creative ways to make quality education accessible for the individuals that we serve.