WBEZ | Literacy http://www.wbez.org/sections/literacy Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Global Activism: Peru's Life and Leadership Initiative http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-perus-life-and-leadership-initiative-114717 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/GA-light and life leadership.jpg" alt="" /><p><p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-9463f438-b22b-f3e7-94e3-0c009850f5e1">It&#39;s Thursday and time for our </span><em><a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism">Global Activism</a>&nbsp;</em>series, when we feature people who want to make the world a better place. Today, we catch up with Global Activist, Lara DeVries. She left her childhood town of Tinley Park, Illinois and moved to Peru&rsquo;s Huaycan community to help impoverished families. DeVries is founder and executive director of <a href="http://www.lightandleadership.org/">The Light and Leadership Initiative</a>. Her group assists mothers and children in their struggle out of extreme poverty by improving access to quality education. DeVries will update us on her work in Peru.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/244441159&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p></p> Thu, 28 Jan 2016 09:40:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-perus-life-and-leadership-initiative-114717 Global Activism: 'Worldview' visits Pardada Pardadi girls school in India http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-worldview-visits-pardada-pardadi-girls-school-india-114500 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/pardadi.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>In parts of rural India, it&rsquo;s considered &ldquo;a waste&rdquo; for girls to be educated and that girls should only help do family chores, housework and prepare for marriage and children. In many villages, girls are barred or discouraged from participating in athletics, or even simple play. <em>Worldview</em> continues its <em>Global Activism</em> in India series with a visit to a unique girls school an hour outside of Delhi in Bulandshahr, India. It&rsquo;s called Pardada Pardadi. It means &quot;great-grandparents.&quot; The phrase links to the care and support of the extended family. Pardada Pardadi initiatives help the girls, their families, and community. They pay families to send their girls to school and guarantees them a job upon graduation. This all girls school includes a customer service call training center and a garment manufacturing shop. They do micro-credit loans and artificially inseminate cows. The school is helped by <a href="http://idsusa.org/">India Development Service </a>(IDS), a Chicago-based investment NGO. We&rsquo;ll talk about Pardada Pardadi with its CEO, Renuka Gupta. She&rsquo;ll introduce us to some of the students and give us a tour of the school.<iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/242001113&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p style="text-align: center;"><em><strong>See Renuka Gutpa, CEO of Pardada Pardadi, this weekend</strong></em></p><p dir="ltr" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size:22px;"><strong><span id="docs-internal-guid-9eb5c7b1-4091-4fad-e4fc-60af3ca43131"><a href="http://www.artworksprojects.org/events/perspectives/">EVENT: Perspectives from India and Chicago</a></span></strong></span></p><p dir="ltr" style="text-align: center;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-9eb5c7b1-4091-4fad-e4fc-60af3ca43131">Saturday, January 23rd, 2016, Noon-7pm</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="text-align: center;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-9eb5c7b1-4091-4fad-e4fc-60af3ca43131">Artworks Projects for Human Rights</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="text-align: center;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-9eb5c7b1-4091-4fad-e4fc-60af3ca43131">625 North Kingsbury, Chicago</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="text-align: center;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-9eb5c7b1-4091-4fad-e4fc-60af3ca43131">Perspectives from India and Chicago:</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="text-align: center;">Free event but <a href="http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2471607">reservations</a> are encouraged:</p><p dir="ltr" style="text-align: center;"><strong>This solutions-oriented experience is sponsored by the <a href="http://www.cct.org/">Chicago Community Trust</a>&nbsp;and co-produced by <a href="http://idsusa.org/">India Development Service</a></strong></p></p> Thu, 14 Jan 2016 09:42:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-worldview-visits-pardada-pardadi-girls-school-india-114500 Perspectives From India & Chicago: Citizen Empowerment For Human Rights http://www.wbez.org/sections/water/perspectives-india-chicago-citizen-empowerment-human-rights-114476 <p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva,sans-serif;">Perspectives is a solutions-oriented symposium of multi-media arts, academic experts and community conversations around human rights in India and in Chicago. The event will engage and educate Chicagoans on issues faced by women, children, and other vulnerable populations in India and parallel challenges in the city of Chicago. Parallels between the regions will be highlighted with an emphasis on promoting cross-cultural learning and engagement. Themes will include community led solutions to challenges in access to justice, education, and environmental resources.</span></span><br />&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva,sans-serif;"><strong>Session 1, 12:00 &ndash; 4:00</strong></span></span></p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva,sans-serif;">Start with lunch and stay for panels and conversations with experts on human rights in India and Chicago.</span></span></p><p><strong><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva,sans-serif;">Session 2, 4:00 &ndash; 7:00</span></span></strong></p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva,sans-serif;">Kick off the evening with a tasting of India&rsquo;s famed outdoor culinary delicacies and explore human rights through visual snapshots of India and a live musical performance.</span></span></p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva,sans-serif;">This event is <strong>FREE</strong>. Registration is required at Brown Paper Tickets.</span></span><br /><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva,sans-serif;">Learn more at: <a href="http://www.artworksprojects.org/perspectives">www.artworksprojects.org/perspectives</a></span></span><br /><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva,sans-serif;">Questions? Contact us at: <a href="mailto:info@artworksprojects.org">info@artworksprojects.org</a></span></span></p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva,sans-serif;">Co-produced by ART WORKS Projects / India Development Service / WBEZ Worldview<br />Sponsored by The Chicago Community Trust</span></span></p><p><strong><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva,sans-serif;">ABOUT THE SPEAKERS</span></span></strong></p><p><em><strong><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva,sans-serif;">Human Rights:</span></span></strong></em></p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva,sans-serif;"><strong>Brian Citro</strong> is a Clinical Lecturer in Law and the Associate Director of the International Human Rights Clinic. He is also the Director of &ldquo;Developing a Rights-Based Approach to TB in India,&rdquo; a project funded by the University of Chicago Center in Delhi and the Pozen Family Center for Human Rights. Among many experiences, he previously worked for two years in New Delhi, India, as a Senior Research Officer to the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health and Project Manager of the Global Health and Human Rights Database for the Lawyers Collective, HIV/AIDS Unit.</span></span></p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva,sans-serif;"><strong>Asha Kowtal</strong> is the General Secretary of the National Dalit Women&rsquo;s movement, called the All India Dalit Mahila Adhikar Manch (AIDMAM), which works to promote and protect the rights of women who are subjected to caste and gender discrimination. Under her leadership, AIDMAM has undertaken significant activities including a National Tribunal on Justice for Dalit women, human rights training programs, and Dalit women self-respect marches. She is also the Convener of WinG-India (Women in Governance), addressing issues of conflict and structural violence against women in India.</span></span></p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva,sans-serif;"><strong>Anisa Rahim</strong> is a public interest lawyer and writer. She has litigated in the areas of worker&rsquo;s rights, language access and domestic violence in NJ where she worked closely with the South Asian women&rsquo;s organization Manavi. She then worked at the Human Rights Law Network in New Delhi, India on reproductive rights and disability and taught courses at Jindal Global Law School. She is now pursuing her MFA in Creative Writing at Rutgers-Newark and works as Special Counsel at Legal Services of New Jersey.</span></span></p><p><em><strong><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva,sans-serif;">Education:</span></span></strong></em></p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva,sans-serif;"><strong>Elaine Allensworth</strong> is the Lewis-Sebring Director of the Consortium on Chicago School Research, where she studies factors influencing student success and school improvement. Her research has been used to create student-tracking systems used in Chicago and districts across the country. She also conducts research in the areas of school leadership and school organization. She is one of the authors of the book, Organizing Schools for Improvement: Lessons from Chicago, which provides a detailed analysis of school practices and community conditions which promote school improvement.</span></span></p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva,sans-serif;"><strong>Renuka Gupta</strong> is CEO of the Pardada Pardadi Education Society (PPES), a non-profit operating schools for girls in rural India, and has over 25 years experience in the field of social work. PPES empowers community women from the poorest sections of society by providing free education for girls and job opportunities for women, breaking the cycle of poverty. Gupta previously worked in the sector in various different capacities ranging from policy and advocacy work to project management and strategic planning. Her expertise lies in the fields of education, child labor, health and gender.</span></span></p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva,sans-serif;"><strong>Eric Reyes</strong> is a proud product of CPS, a parent of a CPS student, and the Vice-chairperson of the Local School Council at Telpochcalli Elementary School. His work in education has been driven by an interest in social justice. He holds an M.A. in Sociology and Education/Education Policy from Teachers College, Columbia University. There his graduate studies focused on school equity, dropout prevention, gender and schools, school discipline policies, charter schools, and education policy. Eric lives in Pilsen.</span></span></p><p><em><strong><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva,sans-serif;">Environment:</span></span></strong></em></p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva,sans-serif;"><strong>Fred Carter</strong> is co-founder of the Black Oaks Center for Sustainable Renewable Living, working to transition to a post-carbon world. He is a certified teacher of Permaculture by the Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute. He was trained in photovoltaic &amp; biodiesel by Solar Energy International and is certified as a Peak Oil Community Leader by the Community Solution. Black Oaks Center for Sustainable Renewable Living is committed to Chicago and Pembroke communities by giving them tools and skills for the future.</span></span></p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva,sans-serif;"><strong>Prakash Tyagi</strong> is the Executive Director of GRAVIS, a non-governmental organization in India that works on water conservation using rural techniques in over 1,300 villages in the Thar Desert, which gets less than 10 inches of rain each year. Dr. Tyagi is an established researcher, speaker and writer on global health and developmental issues with particular focuses on ageing and health, non-communicable diseases, HIV and TB and food and water security. His work ranges from a grass-root level to global levels in mentioned programmatic areas.</span></span></p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva,sans-serif;"><strong>Moira Zellner</strong> is an Associate Professor in the Department of Urban Planning and Policy at UIC. Before coming to the U.S., she worked in Argentina as a consultant on environmental issues for engineering firms and the city of Buenos Aires, in projects related to hazardous waste management, river remediation, pollution control, and environmental impact assessments. In the United States, Moira&rsquo;s professional work includes greenway development and river restoration projects in Miami Beach and in California, and transportation surveys.</span></span></p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva,sans-serif;">Cultural presentation by Guruprasad Kathavate, Classical Karnatik player</span></span></p></p> Thu, 14 Jan 2016 09:32:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/sections/water/perspectives-india-chicago-citizen-empowerment-human-rights-114476 Global Activism: Every Child is My Child Educates Kids in Rwanda and Burundi http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-every-child-my-child-educates-kids-rwanda-and-burundi-114719 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/ga-every child.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>For our&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism"><em>Global Activism</em></a>&nbsp;series, in 2012, we first spoke with former high school teacher, Elizabeth Powley. She believes that &ldquo;every child has the right to learn.&rdquo; She has a special love for the children of Africa&rsquo;s Great Lakes region (Rwanda and Burundi). Powley founded the NGO, <a href="http://everychildismychild.org/">Every Child is My Child</a>, because she envisions a world in which &ldquo;every girl and boy in Africa has access to secondary school.&rdquo; She is also executive director of Heartland Alliance International - part of Heartland Alliance, the Chicago-based group that &ldquo;helps endangered populations &mdash; particularly the poor, the isolated, and the displaced.&rdquo; Powley is back to update us on her goal for &ldquo;communities [to] see an entire generation of students educated &ndash; for the first time &ndash; beyond the elementary school level.&rdquo;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/240875260&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p></p> Thu, 07 Jan 2016 09:41:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-every-child-my-child-educates-kids-rwanda-and-burundi-114719 Global Activism: Iram Shah follows her deceased daughter's dream http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-iram-shah-follows-her-deceased-daughters-dream-113689 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/sonia shah 3.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><span id="docs-internal-guid-c3d8542e-dee7-e6b0-4fdc-597de6b7aea5">Pakistani-American and Winnetka, Illinois teenager, Sonia Shah, traveled and studied around the world with her mom, Iram. Sonia would see, up close, the despair and hopelessness some girls face in the developing world. She started the Kulsoom Foundation for Girls to build a school for girls in Pakistan, because she wanted girls to have the future that her mother provided for her. But before the school was completed, Sonia tragically died in a 2012 auto accident at age 18. Since then, Iram has carried on her daughter&#39;s work, renamed as the <a href="http://soniashahorganization.com/">Sonia Shah Organization</a>. Iram says that Sonia has more influenced her life in death, than she ever did in life. Iram will</span> update us on the school and how it was rebuilt after a 2014 bombing.<iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/231721257&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p dir="ltr" style="text-align: center;"><strong><span id="docs-internal-guid-c3d8542e-dee9-7e0a-1cab-0c806366e34a">EVENT: Sonia Shah Organization</span><a href="http://soniashahorganization.com/events-page/annual-fundraiser/"> annual gala</a></strong></p><p dir="ltr" style="text-align: center;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-c3d8542e-dee9-7e0a-1cab-0c806366e34a">Saturday, November 20th, 2015, 6:30pm</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="text-align: center;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-c3d8542e-dee9-7e0a-1cab-0c806366e34a">Pearl Banquets (adjacent to Holiday Inn Express)</span></p><p style="text-align: center;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-c3d8542e-dee9-7e0a-1cab-0c806366e34a">1480 W. Lake St., Roselle, IL</span></p></p> Thu, 05 Nov 2015 09:23:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-iram-shah-follows-her-deceased-daughters-dream-113689 Global Activism: GirlForward expanding help for refugees http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-girlforward-expanding-help-refugees-112767 <p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/221173867&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a9877e70-7627-fa5f-613f-21d5dde24703">Blair Brettschneider, founder of <a href="http://www.girlforward.org">GirlForward</a>, returns for our </span><em><a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism">Global Activism</a></em> series. &nbsp;GirlForward mentors refugee girls and provides &ldquo;educational programs and leadership opportunities, creating a community of support that serves as a resource and empowers girls to be strong, confident and independent.&rdquo;<span id="docs-internal-guid-a9877e70-7627-fa5f-613f-21d5dde24703">Since 2011, Brett has expanded her work helping refugee girls find new lives in America from just one Tanzanian girl, to scores around the world.&nbsp;</span>Blair will talk about her latest group of refugee girls, especially her work with Syrian refugees.&nbsp;</p><p dir="ltr"><a href="http://https://publicgood.com/org/girlforward/donate/girl-jam-2015"><strong><span>GirlFoward&rsquo;s annual celebration, &ldquo;Girl Jam:</span></strong></a></p><p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a9877e70-762e-0b6f-dddb-51d225d1455e">Sunday, September 20, 4 - 7 PM</span></p><p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a9877e70-762e-0b6f-dddb-51d225d1455e">Firehouse Chicago, 1545 W. Rosemont Ave.</span></p></p> Thu, 27 Aug 2015 11:12:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-girlforward-expanding-help-refugees-112767 Global Activism: 'ConTextos' finds the good in violent El Salvador http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-contextos-finds-good-violent-el-salvador-112164 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/GA-ConTextos.jpg" alt="" /><p><p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-cdf0efc7-d9dd-8dbb-a7b5-5af3d50420b2">Because Chicagoan and Global Activist, Debra Gittler, &nbsp;wanted to &ldquo;create conditions on-the-ground through literacy education, opportunity and advocacy&rdquo; to help children in Central America thrive, she started the organization <a href="http://contextos.org/">ConTextos</a> and moved to El Salvador. For our Global Activism segment, Gittler is back from El Salvador and will update us on her progress since expanding her mission to work with prisoners in El Salvador&rsquo;s criminal justice system.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/207688530&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p></p> Thu, 28 May 2015 09:47:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-contextos-finds-good-violent-el-salvador-112164 Global Activism in India: Pravah helps youth overcome caste, sexism and religious intolerance http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-india-pravah-helps-youth-overcome-caste-sexism-and-religious <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/india%20ga%20pravah%20manisha%20and%20husband.JPG" title="Manisha emotionally talks of how much of India society considered education wasted on a woman from a lower class. But after working with the NGO, Pravah, she and her husband - pictured - are inspired to achieve. Manisha is now a business owner. Taken at Pravah's Delhi offices February 1, 2015 (Photo by Steve Bynum)" /></div><p><span id="docs-internal-guid-ebcdae0c-3049-7fee-9931-6c6284daf4f9">We continue our <a href="http://www.wbez.org/sections/water/special-series-global-activism-worldview-visits-india-111888">Global Activism in India</a> series with a visit to Delhi. We and <a href="http://idsusa.org/">India Development Service</a>, met with the NGO, Community Youth Collective Learning and Leadership Journey is a partnering initiative of the NGO, <a href="http://pravah.org/">Pravah</a>. The project tries to inspire India&rsquo;s youth to become leaders and overcome traditional societal barriers, such as <span id="docs-internal-guid-ebcdae0c-3049-7fee-9931-6c6284daf4f9">caste, sexism and religious intolerance</span>. Pravah received attention when co- director, Neha Buch, introduced President Obama before one of his speeches during his visit to India. We&rsquo;ll chat with co-director, Sonal Chaturvedi and young people about how they now dream and achieve in areas that at one time were cut off from them.</span></p><p><strong>Jerome McDonnell and Steve Bynum of WBEZ&#39;s <em>Worldview</em> and </strong><strong>India Development Service (IDS)</strong><strong> share their adventures in India</strong></p><p>Sunday, May 17th, 2015, 5:00pm-7:30pm</p><p>The Meadows Club</p><p>2950 Golf Road, Rolling Meadows</p><p>Free of Charge - Dinner Included</p><p><strong><a href="https://mycity.sulekha.com/development-unveiled_buy_2090130">Reserve Tickets Here</a></strong></p></p> Thu, 07 May 2015 13:13:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-india-pravah-helps-youth-overcome-caste-sexism-and-religious Special Series: Global Activism - 'Worldview' Visits India http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2015-05-09/special-series-global-activism-worldview-visits-india-111888 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/India-series%20620%20good.JPG" title="From bottom l to r - Sonal Chaturvedi, co-director of Pravah, Nila Vora of India Development Service, Steve Bynum and Jerome McDonnell of WBEZ with the NGO Community Youth Collective in Delhi on Feb., 1, 2015 (Photo by Nilesh Kothari)" /><em>Worldview</em> took <em><a href="http://www.wbez.org/sections/water/special-series-global-activism-worldview-visits-india-111888">Global Activism</a></em> to India! And we take you along for the ride. For years, India Development Service <a href="http://idsusa.org/">(IDS)</a>, a Chicago-based investment NGO, has brought from India Global Activists to <em>Worldview&nbsp;</em>who work there to make life better. So IDS brought us to India to talk with people doing service and development projects on-the-ground. IDS guided us through big cities like, Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and Hyderabad, as well as to remote villages and towns. We met people working to overcome challenges like illiteracy, abuse of women and children, class issues and water security.</p></p> Thu, 16 Apr 2015 09:32:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2015-05-09/special-series-global-activism-worldview-visits-india-111888 Global Activism: ConTextos expands literacy programs to El Salvador prisons http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-contextos-expands-literacy-programs-el-salvador-prisons <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/GA-ConTextos Prisoners.jpg" alt="" /><p><p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-155d2028-16ca-6861-496d-14f15cdaca8d">When we first met Chicagoan and Global Activist, Debra Gittler, she wanted to &ldquo;create conditions on-the-ground through literacy education, opportunity and advocacy&rdquo; to help children in Central America thrive. To do this, Debra started the organization <a href="http://contextos.org/">ConTextos</a>. She now lives in El Salvador. For our </span><em><a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism">Global Activism</a></em> segment, Gittler is back in Chicago and will update us on how her work has expanded into El Salvador&rsquo;s justice system.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/179980678&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><em>Debra Gittler told us some of what she&rsquo;s been up to since her <a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-contextos-aiding-children-central-america-through-literacy">last Worldview appearance</a>:</em></p><p style="margin-left:1.0in;">ConTextos has expanded into the Justice System in El Salvador and are now working with inmates in prisons, juveniles delinquents in the &quot;foster&quot; system, and the teachers and guards who work with both of these populations. The &quot;foster&quot; system in El Salvador is tangled octopus that oversees foster care, orphans, victims of child and sexual abuse, child criminals (including homicide), gangs, and deportees. Child deportees arriving back in El Salvador pretty much get off a bus and have to walk home; those without families end up in foster care.</p><p style="margin-left:1.0in;">...we are overwhelmingly moved by the healing power of story to address issues of trauma in a country plagued by generations of violence. Many of the inmates we are working with are gang-affiliated and directly affected by the reality of transnationalism-- some inmates are English-speakers who spent most of their life in the US. We are just starting to work more and more with the juvenile population...It&#39;s been a fascinating journey to confront stereotypes about this population...</p><p style="margin-left:1.0in;">At the same time, ConTextos is just about to publish our student reading metrics. We use the Early Grade Reading Assessment to evaluate student reading outcomes; this is the same tool that USAID implements all over the world. Our results are stunning...</p><p style="margin-left:1.0in;">Finally, we are thrilled to start partnering with <em>Worldreader</em>, based in Africa, to bring e-readers into our schools.</p><p style="margin-left:1.0in;">...We&#39;ve been working with iPads for quite a while as a tool to motivate writing, but e-readers provide a unique opportunity to bring unlimited numbers of text through an accessible, teacher-friendly (and rural-friendly) technology. We&#39;re still seeking funding to launch the initiative.</p></p> Thu, 04 Dec 2014 09:28:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-contextos-expands-literacy-programs-el-salvador-prisons