Literacy is a right. It is implicit in the right to education. In modern societies, literacy skills are fundamental to informed decision-making, personal empowerment, active and passive participation in local and global social community.
Helping someone to read and write effectively improves the future of everyone in society. Literacy is critical to economic development as well as individual and community well-being. Our economy is enhanced when learners have higher literacy levels. Effective literacy skills open the doors to more educational and employment opportunities so that people are able to pull themselves out of poverty and chronic underemployment.
From an individual perspective, one needs adequate literacy skills to participate and function happily within – and contribute to – one’s community. From a collective perspective, a literate community is a dynamic community; a community that exchanges ideas, engages in dialogue and is more innovative and productive. The sharing of ideas, perspectives and concerns also leads to greater levels of mutual understanding and caring, and ultimately strong community spirit.
Poor literacy can lead to the risk of exclusion for some individuals and some social groups.
The Literacy Project offers free literacy resources, one-on-one support, guidance, and tuition to children and their parents with reading (with our teacher volunteers in a guided mini group), writing (about what you are reading), talking about reading (with your designated teacher volunteer), and discussing about reading and writing stories within Sunderland Literacy Aid’s book club.