Sunderland Literacy Aid is a newly founded grassROOTScommunityFOUNDATION aiming at increasing the area’s literacy rate through the distribution of free educational resources, as well as the running of free Literacy, TESOL/ESOL/EAL and Creative Writing workshops to those who otherwise would not afford to pay for any.
We are constantly in need of donations in books of any genre and for all ages, new or second hand ones. We want them saved from landfill and instead redistribute within the Sunderland community where and as needed. We are targeting local schools, libraries, community centres, families struggling to make ends meet, refugees, asylum seekers, as well as residents of orphanages, adoption centres, care homes and prisons by supplying them with educational resources. We’re hoping to get more people back into reading, writing, talking about books as much as possible. We would love to see an increase in numbers of local cultural events as a result of our work.
The power and value of being literate in a literate society is played out every day around the world. Many individuals, and even whole societies, make considerable sacrifices to become literate just as others take it for granted. Societies that do not practice literate behavior are often squalid, undernourished in mind and body, repressive of human rights and dignity, brutal and harsh.
Sunderland Literacy Aid is doing it for the love of community and literacy, because only together we are strong enough to lift individuals out of poverty, improve the development of the wider community, reduce infant mortality rates, empower women and girls and positively impact economic growth beyond the local community, among other things.
The Sustainable Development Goals, launched in January 2016, point the way to a more equitable and sustainable future for all. They identify Education and lifelong learning as key to achieve poverty reduction, hunger eradication, improved health, gender equality and empowerment, sustainable agriculture, resilient cities and more equal, inclusive and just societies.
Working in partnership with other local entities ensures that our work is effective, responsive and meets Sunderland’s real needs. We believe that by taking coordinated action at a local level to drive up literacy levels, can support increased educational attainment and employability skills, and improve health outcomes and social capital. This should help the local community to improve the employability situation, to be better parents and family members, as well as better citizens and to participate in the political life of the local community.