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Adult Literacy

Adult Literacy



Learning to read and write gives people a newfound confidence, a sense of worth and optimism for the future. The gift of Adult Literacy helps people take a powerful step forward in a journey of transformation, especially for those who may never have had any formal schooling.

How your gift helps

Many of these adults have had their first day of school under this tree! Due to political instability, economic hardship and cultural pressures, education in South Sudan can be out of reach for children and adults alike. But TEAR partner Across is opening up new opportunities for learning through creative approaches to adult literacy.

While the community has grown in its understanding of the importance of education and willingness to participate in classes, severe inflation has meant that even the prices of exercise books or pencils are completely unaffordable. But that doesn't stop this group from learning: their lessons are delivered by a volunteer facilitator, with the help of a digital audio player. These innovative devices are about the size of a smartphone and are loaded up with adult literacy material including alphabet and punctuation lessons, story books and songs. They're easy to use, accessible, modern and environmentally friendly learning tools, offering listeners the option to repeat a lesson anytime, anywhere, providing 'on demand' sessions not available through traditional methods. Numeracy is a focus in their classes too, and as the participants learn to count and recognise numbers, they're able to more confidently and efficiently make purchases or do business in the market – a valuable skill in the context of an unpredictable economy!

Because this is the first opportunity many of these adults have had to pursue an education, the lessons are basic, but powerfully foundational. Across hopes to link participants into local primary schools to complete formal education, building on these early lessons of literacy and numeracy. It's a vital first step in the journey of learning, giving adults new opportunities and hope for the future, as well as fostering a deeper value for education, which they will pass on to their own children and grandchildren too.

About our partner

Across, a TEAR partner for over 30 years, is an interdenominational Christian organisation formed in 1972. Across works in partnership with local churches and communities throughout South Sudan to improve education and health and to strengthen communities, using training programs and local resources to respond to the root causes of the challenges facing South Sudan, from the perspective of those most affected. Across takes a biblically based holistic approach, responding to the whole person and whole community, to create meaningful relationships and authentic change.

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