Literacy Network, 1118 S Park Street (8/26/2010)
Madison, WI -- On Tuesday, September 7, from 5:00 to 8:00 pm, Literacy Network invites the public to join us for an open house as we celebrate International Literacy Day.
The celebration will happen at our office at 1118 S. Park Street in Madison. All attendees will have the opportunity to take advantage of free learning resources.
The International Literacy Day event, in partnership with Wisconsin Literacy and Verizon, will kick off our "1200 Tutors in 12 weeks" fall campaign to increase the number of tutors helping to serve our community. Right now, nearly 70 Literacy Network learners are waiting for a trained volunteer tutor.
The event gets started at 5:00 pm with a volunteer information session. At 6:00 pm, there will be a chance to talk one-on-one with conversation partners from around the world. Bring a dish to pass for our International Potluck and enjoy diverse and delicious cuisine. At 7:00 pm, join a conversation circle for the whole group. Come get to know Literacy Network and the world a little better.
Literacy Network will be giving away free books for tutors and learners including instructional texts, reference books and Spanish-English dictionaries. Come see the new and improved learning library, watch a brief demonstration of our mobile learning lab, and learn about the exciting projects we're working on at Literacy Network.
Literacy is defined as "the ability to read, write and speak English and compute and solve problems at levels of proficiency necessary to function on the job and in society." In practice, literacy is a powerful tool to reduce poverty and ensure peace and democracy. A quality basic education provides opportunities for further learning and opportunities. Literacy education helps parents actively participate in their children's education. Those who work to improve their literacy skills are more likely to access continuing educational and employment opportunities.
According to the United Nations, approximately 759 million adults worldwide lack literacy skills (one in five adults). In Dane County, at least 17,000 adults lack basic literacy skills, and more than 38,000 adults need help with their English language skills to secure a brighter future.