What is literacy? In our perspective, literacy is the ability to talk, write fluently and as well as the ability read. It is probably what we call education. Visual literacy includes in addition the ability to understand all forms of communication, be it body language, pictures, maps, or video.
In the world, literacy is a huge problem to many of the third world countries. In the poorest countries, education cannot be afforded by the people, thus lesser than of the population knows how to read, write and speak.
Actions taken Literacy is an important factor as it impacts lives greatly. Illiterate people would have difficulties getting employed and would probably live in poverty. Next slide will show some actions that some people did to try improve the literacy rate of people living in poor countries.
Room to Read Room to Read had its humble origins in Nepal in 2000, where they began bringing donated books to rural communities. Today, they are a global organization dedicated to promoting and enabling education through programs focused on literacy and gender equality in education. They achieve this goal by establishing school libraries, building schools, publishing local language childrens books, training teachers on literacy education and supporting girls to complete secondary school with the life skills necessary to succeed in school and beyond.
Stones into Schools Over the past seventeen years, Greg Mortenson, through his non-profit Central Asia Institute (CAI), has worked to promote peace through education by establishing more than 171 schools, most of them for girls, in remote regions of Pakistan and Afghanistan. The story of how this remarkable humanitarian campaign began was told in his bestselling 2006 book, Three Cups of Tea. Mortenson’s philosophies about building relationships, empowering communities, and educating girls have struck a powerful chord. Hundreds of communities and universities, as well as several branches of the U.S. military, have used Three Cups of Tea as a common read. Stones into Schools brings to life both the heroic efforts of the CAI’s fixers on the ground—renegade men of unrecognized and untapped talent who became galvanized by the importance of girls’ education—and the triumphs of the young women who are now graduating from the schools. Their stories are ones you will not soon forget.