Literate Lives: A Human Right.

"Literacy is not an end in itself. It is a fundamental human right." (UNESCO, 1975). It is linked to other fundamental rights--rights that are universal, indivisible, interconnected and interdependent.
Becoming literate involves much more than language use and singular routes to language acquisition. It calls literate beings to recognize socio-political contexts of teaching and learning, image multiple possibilities for literate activity, and act as agents of change. As educators we have the responsibility to make visible the complexities of becoming literate in the new millennium. This year's National Council of Teachers of English summer institute will focus on literacy as a human right.
--See A Librarian at the Kitchen Table.

[Thanks, TK].


UK: Reading Scheme 'Saves Taxpayer'

GSO writes "The BBC reports:

The research said there were costly problems linked to poor literacy, like truancy and poor employment prospects.

The Every Child A Reader scheme puts specialist literacy teachers into schools to give intensive one-to-one support to those six-year-olds most in need."


Braille Letters from Santa Claus

Jane Karp writes "National Federation of the Blind Partners with Santa Claus

to Support Braille Literacy

Blind Children to Receive Letters in Braille

NORTH POLE (November 28, 2006): The National Federation of the Blind,
the nation's oldest and largest consumer organization of the blind, and
the leading promoter of Braille literacy in the United States,
announced today that as Christmas approaches the Federation will be
providing a special service for children who read Braille. Blind
children who wish to send Braille letters to Santa will be able to
submit their letters to the National Federation of the Blind Jernigan
Institute, which will then Braille Santa's response. For more information about the Braille
Letters from Santa Program, visit our Web site at website.


Increasingly, Libraries are the Place to Learn English

Journalistic snapshot of an ESL class in a Boston suburb from the Globe demonstrates the significance of libraries in teaching English to immigrants.


Easy Reading Plaza's in Dutch Libraries

TransLibrarian writes "An Easy Reading Plaza is the number one hit in Dutch public libraries.An Easy Reading Plaza is a special area in the library for children with reading difficulties. Recently there is far more awareness of the problems that children with reading difficulties experience in later life when their reading abilities are not up to the levels required by modern society. Many local authorities therefore see an Easy Reading Plaza in their local library as a valuable contribution to tackling this problem. More on this subject on"


Early Repairs in Foundation for Reading

Children with severe reading problems usually struggle for years before getting the help they need. But a growing number of neurologists and educators say that with the latest diagnostic tests, children at high risk for these problems can be identified in preschool and treated before they ever begin to read. More from the New York Times.


Yo, Read Y'all!

Adri writes "Oklahoma's literacy campaign Read Y'all has gotten AP headlines for its latest poster girl Carrie Underwood. Mind you plenty of folks are complaining about the use of Y'all in the campaign..." Well it beats the "Don't Read" campaign. But why do all these contrived efforts to be folksy remind me of that Appalachian State University video?


Florida students read aloud together for record books

Florida students read aloud together for record books: Gov. Jeb Bush joined hundreds of thousands of Florida middle-school students Thursday to try to set a new world record for people reading aloud at the same time.

Big assist: Pistons help renovate Lewton Elementary library

The Detroit Pistons are turning a tired Lansing school library into an attention-grabbing learning arena.

Lewton Elementary School will become the first school outside Metro Detroit to receive a specially designed "Live, Learn and Play Center" from the NBA franchise during a grand opening Tuesday.

But the room's transformation - with team colors, new technology and a basketball court corner - already has enticed little fans to reconsider reading.

Latinos discuss how libraries inspired them, changed lives

In all, nine prominent Latinos shared their memories of public libraries Saturday at the San Antonio (Texas) Central Library during a program called " Testimonios: How the Library Changed My Life."
For architect Jose Garcia de Lara, the public library was an institution of higher learning. He said college was not part of his family, but he knew he wanted to be an architect. So he read every book he could find on architecture.


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