Posted by: bwoof | September 9, 2015

Literacy refugee

The terrible plight of refugees around the world, most currently those escaping Syria, dominate almost every news source that I see or hear.

The complex reasons that precede the present crisis are not easy to understand, let alone fix. But the needs are urgent and even the Pope is calling for individuals and parishes to purposefully, if not sacrificially, do something to help.

I have wondered….what could I do? What would I be willing to do?

Today I met a young person who, like the Syrian refugees is virtually helpless…in the big city of Hamilton, right in the heart of civilization and the land of plenty.

But this youth can read at only a beginning level with writing skills even less developed. Adrift in a ‘need-to-read’ culture, this young person has little hope, many ¬†frustrations, and uncountable barriers to success. What is needed is what I don’t have to offer.

I looked into the eyes of a’Literacy Refugee‘ and know there’s a moral duty to do something…and professional reasons to avoid getting involved at the level that is most needed.

Grateful for:

  • the opportunity to work with people and for some really interesting teens who give me perspective.

Curious about:

  • how to help a young adult learn to read and write without bringing public attention to a serious laggard skills set

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