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Adult Literacy

Adult Literacy



Learning to read and write is much more than gaining literacy skills. It helps adults improve their confidence and build optimism about their future, where all sorts of possibilities open up on a journey of self-discovery.

How your gift helps

Support groups open the door to a new life

This group of women are seizing their opportunity to gain basic literacy skills that were denied them as children. It’s a common story in India - it has the largest number of illiterate adults in the world and two thirds of them are women. Your support for TEAR’s partner Emmanuel Hospital Association (EHA) helps turn the tide, through women’s support groups that include basic literacy lessons.

This particular group in the city of Agra is being led by Rony (pictured in pink). She is a teacher with a heart to share what she knows with women trapped by poverty and social exclusion. This aligns with EHA’s vision of transforming communities by addressing health care and education, through its fellowship of Christian institutions and individuals.

Education is a key purpose of these women’s groups, where they are equipped with knowledge about their government entitlements, strategies to deal with gender based violence, and skills that lead to income opportunities. Literacy skills are foundational to all of these areas and the women’s stories indicate how, until now, they had missed out on a crucial key to flourishing in life.

Stories of transformation

One woman named Sasha Devi shares a small part of her story. “My family was too poor to educate me, and only the boys went to school.” She is now making up for lost time, using her writing skills for a very important function that brings independence - signing her name at the bank.

For another woman Saraswati Devi, the benefits of learning to read and write are many. “Now I can read the bus numbers, the street signs, newspapers, my children's school reports and their school work.”

In the case of Rani, she also missed out on going to school although her brother got to go. Her motivation to learn to read and write was so she could participate in parent / teacher meetings at her children's school.

The leap forward in literacy skills has facilitated closer connections for each of these women with their families and communities. With increased confidence and social participation, who knows what else they may go on to achieve! The gift of literacy is truly one that keeps on giving.

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