Literacy Education

  • Person reading a book Sometimes a little help will go a long way.

    Anyone who is 16 years of age and older who wishes to improve his or her reading skills is eligible to join the school Literacy Education Program.  Trained volunteer tutors work one-on-one with individuals to improve vocabulary, comprehension, writing skills, and/or prepare for job searches.

    The power of literacy lies not only in the ability to read and write, but rather in an individual’s capacity to put those skills to work in shaping the course of his or her own life. With the insight that genuine literacy involves, “reading the word and the world,” people are helped to open the door to a broader understanding.  Whether it is the words of a language, the symbols in a mathematical system, or images posted to the Internet—literacy can and has transformed lives.

    "Literacy is at the heart of basic education for all, and essential for eradicating poverty, reducing child mortality, curbing population growth, achieving gender equality and ensuring sustainable development, peace and democracy." ("Why Is Literacy Important?" UNESCO, 2010)

    For more information on the Literacy Education program or to sign up for one-on-one tutoring, call (314) 290-4052.