Today one in five adults is still not literate, and 67.4 million children are out of school.
I had the privilege of spending World Literacy Day at Zimasa Primary school in the Langa Township outside of Cape Town. Zimasa is considered one of the best primary schools in the township, with dedicated and caring teachers who worry about the future of their students. Many of the children come from extremely impoverished backgrounds, lacking food and security. Some are living without parents, being raised by older siblings, having lost their parents often due to AIDS.
School is a refuge for these children, and for some a luxury.
Some of the grades have 40, 50 and even 60 children in a class.
NGOs, like SOS, help to provide mandatory school uniforms and support the feeding programme that provides kindergarten children with 3 meals a day. For some, school is the only place they are fed.
Although Zimasa school does have a computer lab that was donated, it does not have a library on site. I made a donation of books to the school and am working on creating a fundraiser, in hopes that by next years World Literacy Day, Zimasa will have its own library. As you READ this, please take the time to think about how you can make a difference in your community or in a school like Zimasa.
There are many organizations like Teachers Without Borders, SOS Children’s Schools, UNICEF, and UNESCO that need your support to continue to help the world’s 67.4 million children who are not in school.
Check out the video of my visit to Zimasa on my youtube channel LivingBorderless
or on my Facebook page Yasmene Salhia Around the World.
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