It’s not often that I just sit at my computer and write from the heart but this is something I don’t feel like should be written any other way. Here’s hoping I make sense…
I’ve always loved reading. My love affair with reading, according to my mother, began whilst I was still in the womb. Despite not being a massive reader herself, mum read to me from the second she found out she was pregnant. It became a tradition she continued until I learnt to read on my own. This probably happened earlier than she had hoped as the world of books sucked me in early. When I was seven, almost eight, years old I read my very first novel all on my own; Charlotte’s Web is still a book I cherish to this day mostly because of how ridiculously proud I was of myself for being so grown up and reading an entire novel.
I was also lucky enough to have teachers who continued to foster this love for reading. In third grade, my teacher loaned me his own copy of The Chronicles of Narnia because I had already zoomed through the little class set book everyone else was reading. From that moment on, I was officially sucked in.
I’ve read more books than I can count. I have an overflowing bookshelf, both at my own home and at my parents, and my phone and iPad is forever running out of memory because I’ve once again downloaded more books than I could humanly read through.
But not everyone is as lucky as I am.
250 million children worldwide cannot read or write.
61 million primary school-aged children were not enrolled in school in 2010.
20 million classrooms around the world lack basic educational resources.
It’s 2017, how is education still not a priority?
There are so many issues that arise simply from not having access to education and being able to read or write. The most obvious being poverty and employment. Poorer children are normally the first to drop out of school early, or not attend because they’re working to provide for their families. This continues a cycle of poverty as since they cannot read or write, they aren’t able to find higher paying work – it’s not even an option for them. If you can provide education to the poor, you provide them with an opportunity to break the poverty cycle.
Poverty feeds into so many other social issues too, like increased levels of crime, lower levels of health and limited access to healthcare and gender inequality. All of this is a direct cause of poverty and being uneducated.
Isn’t it crazy?
That’s why I’ve become a 2017 World Literacy Foundation Youth Ambassador. All money raised throughout this year’s ambassadorship program goes towards funding the Sun Book Tablet Project in Uganda, which you can read more about here.
I’m hoping to raise $500 which will provide 160 students in Uganda with a quality education. If you want to donate, I’ve set up a donation page here, where all funds go to The World Literacy Foundation. I’ll be giving everyone who donates a shout out in my monthly favourites posts, so make sure you send me a DM on Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram or Facebook and let me know you donated!
Alternatively, if you can’t donate and would still like to help, please consider sharing the link to this post or the donation page! Any exposure will greatly help spread awareness of both this campaign and the amazing work of the World Literacy Foundation!