Sep 7, 2009

International Literacy Day : Books For Cameroon

"On International Literacy Day each year, UNESCO reminds the international community of the status of literacy and adult learning globally".

This is scary: "Some 774 million adults lack minimum literacy skills; one in five adults is still not literate and two-thirds of them are women; 72.1 million children are out-of-school and many more attend irregularly or drop out."

"September 8 was proclaimed International Literacy Day by UNESCO on November 17, 1965. It was first celebrated in 1966. Its aim is to highlight the importance of literacy to individuals, communities and societies. On International Literacy Day each year, UNESCO reminds the international community of the status of literacy and adult learning globally. Celebrations take place around the world." [Bloggersunite]

International Literacy Day // Bloggers Unite
International Literacy Day // Bloggers Unite
International Literacy Day // Bloggers Unite

Wendy Lee has kindly asked to write a post about her Books for Cameroon project in honor of International Literacy Day. I believe I can help her cause by directing my friends attention to this pressing matter. Wendy is a Peace Corps volunteer serving in Cameroon, West Africa.

Books For Cameroon | Donations | Resources | Peace Corps

Books For Cameroon | Peace Corps - is aiming to bring 30 bilingual (French & English) libraries throughout regions of Cameroon.

"Participating schools will incorporate the donated books into the teaching curriculum and devise a plan to encourage and instill a love for reading among students. Volunteers will monitor the functionality of the libraries after the books are delivered to ensure effective usage."

Books For Cameroon | Donations | Resources | Peace Corps

"Reading is the gateway to knowledge and often the access to such knowledge is taken for granted. In Cameroon, students thirst for knowledge yet many schools are not equipped with a functioning library. The Books for Cameroon project will establish a library in 25 schools and benefit over 20,000 students. The schools will range from primary to high schools; some already have an existing library in need of improvement, others simply have a room waiting to be filled with books." 

You may choose to donate at http://www.booksforcameroon.org $7980 are still needed.

Follow their efforts on Facebook.
Books For Cameroon
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Facebook | Books For Cameroon's Photos - Wendy's Schools
Facebook | Books For Cameroon's Photos - Wendy's Schools

In the blogosphere:

Books For Cameroon. Do Your Bit to Help.
Donations | Resources | Peace Corps
Cameroon: Books For Cameroon Press Releases
Bringing Books to Cameroon
Books for Cameroon
MDRT Grant Ships Books to Cameroon Libraries

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