Global Activism: Cook County Welcomes Literacy Program From El Salvador

Debra Gittler poses with a ConTextos graduate and his family member/
Debra Gittler poses with a recent ConTextos graduate. Katherine Nagasawa / WBEZ
Debra Gittler poses with a ConTextos graduate and his family member/
Debra Gittler poses with a recent ConTextos graduate. Katherine Nagasawa / WBEZ

Global Activism: Cook County Welcomes Literacy Program From El Salvador

Chicagoan and global activist, Debra Gittler, wanted to “create conditions on-the-ground through literacy education, opportunity and advocacy” to help children and families in Central America thrive. So she moved to El Salvador and started ConTextos.

Gittler has since expanded her work to prison inmates. She’s now back in Chicago and has partnered with Cook County Sheriff, Tom Dart, to bring the ConTextos model to the Cook County Department of Corrections. Worldview visited Cook County’s Division 10 to witness ConTextos in action.

For our Global Activism segment, Gittler and Dart join us to talk about their collaboration.