Organization to take part in International Literacy Day
On Sept. 8, the world will mark the 47th annual International Literacy Day to remind us all that reading, writing, and basic math remain an elusive target for nearly 800 million adults around the globe, including many in our own community. Partners in English Language Learning is part of this critically important national network of organizations.
Hundreds of Nevada County residents who are not native English speakers feel lost when asking for directions, talking to their children’s teachers, making medical appointments, filling out job applications, or reading product labels. These people represent a growing number of adults who want to learn, improve, or refine their English speaking and reading skills.
Improved English language skills help families become healthier, safer and provide people sustainable opportunities to support themselves through work, contributing ultimately to the economic growth of the county, according to the organization.
Partners in English Language Learning is a volunteer-based organization that, for the past 28 years, has provided free English-as-a-second-language instruction to adults. They recruit and train volunteers to work with adults one-on-one to help them reach their English language goals.
“Low literacy costs the nation more than $200 billion dollars each year in lost productivity, as well as an additional $1 billion to $2 billion in health and safety issues. Every dollar spent on adult literacy and education provides returns to the country through higher employment, added tax revenues, reduced welfare payments, and less crime.” said Kevin Morgan, president and CEO of ProLiteracy, a membership organization to advance the cause of adult literacy and basic education in the nation.
In recognition of International Literacy Day, Partners in English Language Learning is offering their volunteer training to those who are interested in helping to make a difference. Their next two-day training will be Sept. 20 and 27. For more information, visit http://www.piell.org or call 530-265-2116.
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