The Importance of Literacy in Women Empowerment

Literacy Council of Northern Virginia Uncategorized

In appreciation of  National Grammar Day, and  the upcoming Women’s Day,  we would like to talk about the importance of literacy in women empowerment. According to the UN, amongst the world’s 774 million illiterate adults, 2/3 are women. As a result, they do not have equal access to job opportunities, education, or healthcare, are more dependent, and are further disadvantaged in their economic and social status.

At LCNV, 75% of our learners are women, and from our daily interactions with them, we constantly see their resilience, ambition, and dedication shine through their learning process. It is a true inspiration to see them  improve their English, and empowering themselves one step at a time. Sajida, one of our most dedicated students, have shared that “The most important thing to me is success.” Read her essay below:

“The most important thing to me is success. It’s a thing I must have. Success can mean a lot of things to different people.

English language plays an important role in our lives because it makes possible communication between different countries as the only common language across the globe. English helps us to have more opportunities in life – first of all our careers. It is most widely used in communicating around the world. Also it is spoken as the first language in many countries. English is playing a major role in many [sectors] like education, medicine, engineering and business. There are many reasons that make English the most important language in the world.

The light of the world, the beacon in the dark and the hope that gives us strength to survive is our teacher. A good teacher helps us to become good human beings in society. I am very lucky to have been with LCNV. Now I feel very happy because I am improving my pronunciation skills. LCNV is a place of inclusiveness and improvements. There are many kinds of teachers and workers. Everyone is very nice.”

At LCNV, we are dedicated to helping our students become more involved in their community via the power of English literacy. On March 25th, LCNV will be holding our annual fundraising event, A Taste of Literacy presented by Anthem HealthKeeper’s Plus, featuring more stories from our learners sharing their victories and challenges as English language learners during a pandemic. Guests will be able to follow along at your own pace, as you receive videos and messages via email throughout the day. Join us!