Blog Tag: literacy

Students Rebuild Literacy Challenge

Posted by Peter MUIR

Get involved in supporting literacy in different parts of the world by getting making bookmarks.

Illiteracy can lead to poverty, low self-esteem and isolation, poor health, unemployment / weak economies, inequality and more. Worldwide, 250 million children of primary school age cannot read or write—whether they attend school or not. More than 30 million girls are out of school today and children from the poorest 20% of the population are four times more likely to be out of school than their wealthier peers. So take action and see change right now!

The Student’s Rebuild Literacy Challenge asks you to make and mail in a bookmark, and for each bookmark you send, the Bezos Family Foundation will donate $1 (up to $300,000 total) to Save the Children’s Literacy Boost program in Latin America (Peru), Africa (Mali) and Asia (Nepal). The more bookmarks you send, the more children you’ll help!  Visit the event website for registration details and more.
students rebuild logo


Posted by Peter MUIR


Room to Read is considering October is a month like no other – it is BOOKTOBER!  Room to Read, whose aim is a world in which all children can pursue a quality education, is looking at October being a month to create awareness about literacy.  The orgnanisation is asking for you to take action to change the number of illiterate children in the world today. During Booktober, communities all over the world will hold events to raise funds and awareness, to ensure that as many children in the developing world as possible receive a high quality education. Ideas for activities include holding read-a-thons, hosting book swaps, or giving up most loved treats for a few weeks all in the name of LITERACY!

Did you know that it only costs HK$10 to print a local language book for a library in one of the 10 countries in which we work? What are you going to do to educate a child?  What events are you going to plan?  Please check out the event website for BOOKTOBER fundraising ideas that you can put into action!

World Literacy Day

Posted by Peter MUIR

Imagine a day without reading something – and not just in books or magazines.  Signs, shopping, looking at ingredients – literacy skills are required daily, but we often overlook how important these skills are.   There is an estimated 860 million adults around the world who are illiterate.  Of this number almost two-thirds are women.  International Literacy Day focuses attention on literacy issues and the need to raise public awareness and support for this cause.    Take a look here for some details about the issue of literacy, as well as some resources that you could use if you chose to take action about this issue as a part of your C&S or CAS efforts.

Summer opportunity – Summerbridge student teachers

Posted by Peter MUIR

Looking for an opportunity for a meaningful volunteer opportunity over the summer break?  The Summerbridge project is seeking applications for student teachers for their coming summer programme.

Summerbridge Hong Kong

Founded in 1992, Summerbridge Hong Kong (“Summerbridge”) is a non-profit organization that creates educational opportunities for highly motivated underprivileged secondary school students in Hong Kong. It is a member of The Breakthrough Collaborative and is the only program to operate outside of the US. It provides comprehensive year-round programs to develop students’ English communication through an intensive English Language Development curriculum, small class size, individual mentoring, and hands-on learning strategies. In addition to English language development, Summerbridge programs develop students’ self-confidence and their interest in the learning process. Unique to this project and key to its success is the ‘students-teaching-students’ model, offering older students the opportunity to teach and administer programs to younger students. This model creates a dynamic learning environment in which young people are both the initiators and beneficiaries of the educational process.

Summerbridge 2013 programme details

Summerbridge student teachers

Summerbridge teachers are young, fun, creative, and motivated individuals ready to take on the challenge of teaching and helping to organize an educational program. Our student teachers are between the ages of 16 to 22 and come from secondary schools and universities in Hong Kong, the US, the UK, and Canada. They are a diverse group bringing a variety of talents and backgrounds to the program. Common to all student teachers is a desire to help young people, a willingness to work in an intense and rewarding environment, and a commitment to both teaching and learning.

With the help and guidance from professional teachers, Summerbridge student teachers are responsible for developing curriculum, teaching classes, meeting with parents, planning extra-curricular activities, and evaluating student performance. Teachers work to create a community that celebrates academic achievement, creativity, individuality, and risk-taking.

Summerbridge 2013 student teacher application form

And Idea – A bookswap to support literacy

Posted by Peter MUIR

Room to read is an international organization that focuses on literacy and gender equality in education.  An idea suggested by Room to read to improve literacy rates is a book swap.

Book swaps are a fun way to turn a stack of old books into a whole new set of exciting reads!  But, what if your local swap could do something more, like help improve literacy in the developing world? Well, with Room to Read’s Ultimate Book Swap, your local leave-a-book, take-a-book activity can have huge global impact!