https://worldliteracyfoundation.org/ Becoming a Better Reader
Children can make the most of their abilities by embracing literacy
My name is Abraham Omorogiuwa, one in the late twenties and from the most populous black country on earth: Nigeria!
Nigeria, as published by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs: Population Division as at June 2022 has a population of no less than 217 million people. With a daily increase in its population, more than ever before, there lies the need to address the issue of illiteracy head-on.
In 2018, upon the release of the statistics that showed that the youth illiteracy for Nigeria was 9.36 million, it became necessary for me to join in advocating for commitment by all and sundry in correcting the anomaly bedeviling the world of literacy in Nigeria. This led me to joining the World Literacy Foundation first as a blogger and later as an Ambassador.
In the words of Kofi Annan, “Literacy is a bridge from misery to hope.” This hope I firmly believe must be shared, from up North, to down South, from the East all through to the West. The uneducated must not be left uneducated for it was Nelson Mandela who said, “Education is the most powerful weapon with which you can change the world.” I hold these sayings dear to my heart.
Again and again, I have had a concern or two about illiteracy. My concern lies on the fact that if the position of John F. Kennedy is correct -for which I have no objection to- when he said: “Our progress as a nation can be no swifter than our progress in education. The human mind is our fundamental resource.” Then we have for too long shortchanged ourselves as a committee of nations and necessity lies on us to act and act now!
Joining the World Literacy Foundation as an Ambassador
2021 was a great year. Signing up and serving humanity as an Ambassador for the World Literacy Foundation was in no small measure a plus to my 2021 journey as I enjoyed every part of the program. I recall with nostalgia the feeling of fulfillment I had at the concluding part of my 2021 WLF Ambassadorial journey, which involved me paying visit to an orphanage in my locality with the message of hope. The message that they can make the most of their abilities by embracing literacy. The message that irrespective of the limitations that exist or may exist at some stage(s) of their lives, they can rise above such challenges by embracing literacy and education. What great smiles filled their faces as children and young adults when books and some other writing materials were shared to them for free as part of my project. It sure was a beautiful sight to behold.
Going forward, I have leveraged on the skills learnt as an Ambassador for the World Literacy Foundation and engaged same in promoting the culture of reading through all platforms for public speaking that presents itself my way in recent times. I have also encouraged my student of whom I teach virtually to join the train in promoting literacy in his community far away in the UK.
I encourage everyone who meets with the requirements for application to be a part of the WLF to avail themselves the opportunity to be a voice as the World Literacy Foundation is a stage one need maximize for the greater good of all even as we join hands together in getting illiteracy off our planet.
Author: Abraham Omorogiuwa