https://worldliteracyfoundation.org/ Becoming a Better Reader
Children can make the most of their abilities by embracing literacy
My name is Abraham Omorogiuwa. I’m in my late twenties and from the most populous black country on earth: Nigeria!
According to the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs: Population Division, Nigeria, as of 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, statistics showed the youth illiteracy rate in Nigeria was 9.36 million young people. It became necessary for me to advocate for commitment from everyone to correct the anomaly bedeviling the world of literacy in Nigeria. This led me to join 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.” I firmly believe this hope 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 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 no small part of my 2021 journey. 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 visiting 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 stages of their lives, they can rise above such challenges by embracing literacy and education. Great smiles filled their faces as children and young adults were given books and some other writing materials for free as part of my project. It sure was a beautiful sight to behold.
Going forward, I will leverage the skills I learned as an Ambassador for the World Literacy Foundation and engage the same in promoting the culture of reading through all public speaking platforms available to me. I have also encouraged my student, whom I teach virtually, to join the train in promoting literacy in his community far away in the UK.
I encourage everyone who meets the requirements for application to be a part of the WLF and avail themselves the opportunity to be a voice. The World Literacy Foundation is a platform we should maximize for the greater good of all as we join hands together in getting illiteracy off our planet.
Author: Abraham Omorogiuwa