LITERACY CAN'T WAIT

Sept - Oct., 2020

Literacy has over the long years been a world wide issue as it affects every nation. Literacy is simply the ability for someone to be able to read and write. Days after days, as the population of the world is increasing, the level of those that do not have this ability is inclining in the same way. According to the UNESCO, literacy is the ability to identify, understand, interpret, create, communicate and compute, using printed and written (and visual) materials associated with varying contexts. It is an intrinsic part of the right to education. As the rate/numbers of people that are literate deteriorate especially in regions like Sub-Saharan Africa, conscious efforts also has always been made by different organizations and foundations to promote literacy.

This story showcases the noble assignment taken upon by two WLF (World Literacy Foundation) Ambassadors -  Oluyomi Seyi and Ogunyemi Francis - to help children in Aleniboro Community in Ilorin, Kwara State improve their literacy through weeks of tutoring them with the use of available educational materials. This was also used as an opportunity to keep their brains afresh even while schools were closed down due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The World Literacy Foundation is a platform with the sole aim to improve literacy by helping people (especially young ones) who can't read or write. The initiative also aim towards achieving SDG 4, which is quality education for all irrespective of geography, and there by giving a tool for self-reliance..

Seyi and Francis' friends were also invited to help in achieving the goal of helping the children improve their literacy, thereby shaping the future of those children.

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                Francis Beloved, 2020