While Central American children flood into the U.S. to escape crime & poverty, Chicagoan Debra Gittler moved to Central America to start 'ConTextos.' A group working through literacy education, opportunity & advocacy to help thesse children thrive and keep them in their home countries. For Global Activism, Gittler tells us how her work is spreading across Central America.
Seena Jacob is founder and CEO of Bookwallah Organization. “Bookwallah” is a Hindi word that means “book peddler.” Her group works to give books and provide quality libraries to orphans in India. Seena is just back from India to give us an update.
We’ll talk with Wauconda couple, Steve and Paulie Kutschat. They have a deep love for books. After a trip to Africa, the Kutschat’s founded Bookfriends International, a nonprofit providing educational resources to secondary school-age children in Africa. Bookfriends gives the children text books, library books and reference materials that are in desperately short supply in their local villages.
Thursday on the Afternoon Shift, host Steve Edwards will talk with experts about our continuing literacy problem. We’ll discuss why it happens and who’s trying to fix it.Our panel will include Betsy Rubin, an Adult & Family Literacy Specialist at Literacy Works in Chicago.
As Front and Center wraps up their coverage of how reading and writing skills impact Americans’ chances for academic success and employment, Worldview looks at the culture of literacy in India, Latin America and Afghanistan.