Basic Literacy is important for effective communication, for it enables understanding of things happening in society. In the past two years, the pandemic has changed the way of learning and communication. The world went digital, and those without adequate digital skills were left struggling. This widened the inequality gaps and has disproportionately affected 773 million non-literate young people and adults; one in five adults is still not literate, and two-thirds are women.
The theme of the International Literacy Day 2021 is “Literacy for a human-centred recovery, Narrowing the digital divide.” The pandemic was a reminder of the critical importance of literacy. The lockdown showed a digital need and divide in terms of connectivity and the lack of ability of women in our community to engage with technology. For many women, the cornerstone for economic progress and empowerment is improved literacy and digital inclusivity.
A literate woman is more likely to send her child to school, have better maternal health, make better healthcare decisions for her children, and economically improve her community. Everyday in the BAME community, women are affected by the barriers of low literacy which is a threat to their independence and safety. Most times, a woman’s literacy skills, if she has a family, are closely tied to the literacy of her children, for it is the greatest influence on her child’s future academic success. Literacy empowers a woman and improves her life by expanding her capabilities to choose a kind of life she can value.
Most times, a woman’s literacy skills, if she has a family, are closely tied to the literacy of her children, for it is the greatest influence on her child’s future academic success.
Therefore, it is important to be familiar with the effect basic literacy, numerical skills, digital literacy, and financial literacy can have on a family. Wonderfully Made Woman is passionate about the effects a woman’s improved literacy has on her children and her community because it shows the unique and expansive impact a woman has on those around her. A woman deserves opportunity and security, the chance to flourish in her life, and it is only when she is empowered that she impact generations to come.
With a clear focus on supporting literacy in our communities, we can achieve this for all women today and every day.
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