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Bringing Literacy to Thousands More Children This Christmas

By Mihiri Udabage - 11th December 2012

Today was Presentation Day at my children's primary school.  It's the end-of-year assembly, that involves the whole school community, and rewards excellence in all aspects of school life - from leadership, to academics, sports, healthy living,  and citizenship.  Every year, I attend, and every year, I leave with a deep sense of gratitude for the school community that my children are a part of, the resources they have to use, the safe place they enjoy going to, and the growth and development that is noticeable as each year group takes its bow.  But amidst the joy today, I felt some sadness.

On the same day that my children, their friends, teachers and parents were celebrating the completion of another school year, hundreds of millions of children around the world had no access to education.  Nowhere to go, except perhaps to work, no uniform to put on, except some worn house clothes, no books to read, no paper to write on, no one behind them, encouraging their light to shine.  Today, 250 million children of primary school age, could not read or write (Education First, United Nations).

On December 10,  the world's spotlight fell on Human Rights Day,  a day to celebrate and promote the human rights of all people, as written in the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights.  While there is no single quick fix to a complex global problem, it is widely agreed that educating children can lift them out of the cycle of poverty that binds them to a life that denies their human rights.  From UNESCO - 'Education is a fundamental human right and essential for the exercise of all other human rights.'

This Christmas, we will be giving and receiving presents.  And among those presents, will be the gift of education, because that is a gift that goes beyond a festive season, and reaches into communities and generations to come. 

Room to Read is a global education charity that believes that world change starts with educated children.  Until the end of the year, all donations to the Libraries program will be doubled by other generous donors.  This means double impact.  By investing in the establishment of school  libraries, filling them with books and puzzles, and training librarians, thousands more children around the globe will get access to educational opportunities.  At the rate of opening a new library every four hours, Room to Read can open another 120 libraries across Asia and Africa by the end of the year, with our help.

This year, we will be giving the gift of education.

Merry Christmas to you all.

To donate to Room to Read, please click here.

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