A way out of illiteracy

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Celebrate World Book and Copyright Day with us today!

After a survey found that more than 40% of school children in a district of Ethiopia couldn't read, World Vision piloted a reading camps program. Read how these camps are transforming literacy and the lives of children in Ethiopia, and our plans for the future!

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According to a reading skill assessment conducted by World Vision and Save the Children, more than 40 percent of primary school children in Wonchi, Ethiopia are unable to read or identify between letters, consonants, and vowels.

4th-grader Dawit confirms: “I only knew the A, B, C, but could not read texts. I did not know the difference between consonants and vowels. When I took text exams, I used to answer by guess.”

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    Opportunity in broken chalk

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    As a sponsored child, Amina – 11, from Tanzania – is able to go to school. But her siblings aren’t as fortunate. To help give them a future, too, she collects pieces of broken chalk along what she learns and brings it all home to teach her siblings herself!

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    Ordinarily, broken chalk never meant much to most children, except perhaps for the purpose of pelting one another with the fragments. While most fifth-graders dash out of class and head home, 11-year-old Amina and a few others linger behind, quickly gathering leftover chalk from the day’s lessons.

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      Protection through education

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      One of the best ways to protect children from dangers like trafficking, child labor, and early marriage is to educate them, keeping them in school rather than on the streets. In India, World Vision's drop-in centers are designed to do just that: opening the door to mainstream schools.

      Here are the stories of two children – Naina, 7, and Ankit, 6 – who found their way into formal education through these drop-in centers.

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      Naina

      Life was not easy for Naina and her family. Naina’s father traded her and her siblings for a new life and new family in Delhi. Abandoned and left to take care of six children, Naina’s mother, Shoba Devi, had nowhere to go except for her parent’s home in the slum settlements of Patna.

      With survival being their priority, Shoba started working as a casual laborer. Her children’s education didn’t take precedence in Naina’s home. Naina was free to run her life and do what she wanted.

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        Gautam's sweet dreams

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        Saturday was Human Trafficking Awareness Day! How did you spread the word about this important issue?

        Today's story comes from Bangladesh, where millions of children are caught up in child labor when their families can't afford to provide. Two years ago, Gautam's family couldn't afford more than two meals a day, to repair their home, or to send Gautam to school; now, Gautam sleeps well with a new roof and full belly, and goes to school. See how sponsorship helped keep him out of child labor!

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        A narrow walkway ran toward the Hindu Para in Bangladesh after surrounding an aged pond. The grubby water of the pond indicated what the environment of that community would be. Once I entered the area, the road became too narrow for two men to walk side by side, the mud houses pushing in from both sides. After walking for few minutes, I came to a small yard.

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          Day 10: Share a smile

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          Latha in India smiles broadly when she talks about her education and how proud she is to be in the 12th grade. She used to be a child laborer, but has a new future now because of education. Today’s video tells her story!

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          Today’s challenge: Go out of your way to bring a smile to someone's face today.

           

          “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.” –Colossians 3:23 (NIV)

           

          Everything is possible through education

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            Helping others along his life's journey

            In Gudiyattam, India, World Vision's Born to be Free program works to help children stay in school through economic assistance, children's clubs, and other projects.

            Sathyaraj, a former sponsored child, completed his education through World Vision's programs and is now an advocate for children's issues, wanting his village to be a model for the whole country.

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              Sabra’s village on the path to educating girls

              “Every morning when my brother used to get ready for school, I used to cry over my fate,” Sabra, now 14, remembers. She would ask herself, “Why am I a girl? I used to think that if I had been a boy then I would have been blessed with the most precious gift in the world – education.”

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                A stitch in time empowers

                In India, there is a long-standing tradition that women serve men and maintain the home. Many drop out of school; some never venture outside their homes at all.

                Through World Vision training programs, women like Jyoti and Khadija receive training in tailoring as well as sewing machines, empowering them to open their own tailor shops and inspire the next generation.

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                  Learning harmony through musical education

                  In a classroom, when a teacher combines musical knowledge, passion, and patience with a group of children thrilled by music, the results are extraordinary.

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                    Why World Vision? Educating children for life

                    Worldwide, 67 million elementary-aged children are not enrolled in school. Every one of them is at greater risk of exploitation, early marriage, and lower income over the course of their life. World Vision works to break down the barriers that keep kids out of school and to ensure that students receive a quality education. Today’s infographic shows how.

                     

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