If you were with us last Thursday, you know the drill. Print and color the picture. Contemplate the statistic of the week.
The literacy rate in Haiti is 49%. You read that right. Half of the adult population of Haiti cannot read.
We were concerned when our middle son struggled with reading a few years ago. So concerned that we took a very proactive approach and sat through some pretty painful read aloud sessions with the phonetically frustrated seven-year-old. He thought he was reading to earn silly bands and football cards, but what he didn’t realize was that he was reading to improve his whole educational experience. Reading finds its way into every subject of school and virtually every facet of life. And we take it for granted here in our nation where the literacy rate is 99%.
Next time you hear your son or daughter or grandson or granddaughter slowly working their way through One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish, treasure the moment. The ability to read is a gift.
And if you want to provide the opportunity for a Haitian child to learn to read, check out the Mission to Haiti link in the right column. When you sponsor a child you change his (0r her) future.
*Haiti info from UNICEF 2011 stats. US info from cia.gov.
**I’d love to display some completed coloring pages, so take a photo of your child’s handiwork, send it to me and I’ll post it on the blog or over on facebook.