Tag Archives: Literacy

Library box on the corner

Do you constantly have books to read? I don’t, so that I have to keep checking on amazon or at the nearest library.
According to the article called “Limitless Literacy“, a former book store owner, having so many books left with him, decided to open library boxes throughout the community of Wilmington where people can pick up books and leave what they finished. Continue reading

The world we see

Please read the following phrase:


Could you? If yes, you are a liar.(haha)

I guess that’s how a person who cannot read see the language we are familiar to read .

The other day, I was on a flight back from Colombia, and a guy who sat next to me was from Haiti who asked me so many times how to turn on movies on the screen. I thought it was the first time for him to get on a flight and was not familiar with the system.

Given that he spoke French and some Spanish, I explained with my poor French and Spanish how to use the machine so that he could enjoy the flight. After many questions, I figured out that he could not read.

Besides, when flight attendants gave us the forms of custom and immigration, he asked me to fill them out. He couldn’t write either. As I had never filled such important forms for a stranger, I felt so responsible and sad at the same time.

In that moment, I appreciated my parents for having educated me. Even though we know that there are many adults who cannot read nor write, it is shocking to see one in person.

The other day, I saw a movie called “The illiterates (Las Analfabetas)” which was about a adult lady who cannot read nor write, but her pride as an adult prevent her from admitting that she is illiterate.

Finally, one letter which her deceased father left motivated her to learn. I think, like this case, if there is a motivation to learn, one can dedicate himself to study (instead of imposing grammar and vocabulary first).

It is never late to learn. But sometimes it is no that simple.

Trailer: Las Analfabetas


The eldest first grader in the world

Year 2013 will be turning point of my life.

Finishing my Masters, I am planning to leave the U.S. after 5 years and a half stay.
As a first first stab, although I have been written capricious things so sporadically, I will try to write about Educational Development. Of course, I will learn on this field while writing.

Although it is hard to define briefly what Educational Develoment is, since it has many themes, I found a good movie representing one of them.

Movie: “The First Grader” (2011)

The movie took place in Kennya where British army made their tribes fight each other decades ago.

This true-stroy-based movie connects with “Kennyan Education For All” when 84-year- old man coming to learn how to read and write.
The great phrase during the movie:

“Learning never ends until the you have got soil in your ears”

Actually, the main character Mr. Margue came to United Nations in NY to make a speech on how education is important.
I will break a leg on keeping this blog!