Staff Take: What Adult Education and Family Literacy Mean to Me #AEFLWeekSeptember 26th, 2017
This week, September 24-30, 2017, we are celebrating Adult Education & Family Literacy Week, which raises public awareness about the need for and value of adult education and family literacy. Its goal is to leverage resources that support access to basic education programs for the 36 million U.S. adults with low literacy skills. Advocates across the country use this opportunity to elevate adult education and family literacy nationwide with policymakers, the media, and the community.
Today, our own Ms. Ahu Moser, Instructional Specialist, shares her personal connection with this important cause and why working with LCMC’s ESL Classroom Program students means so much to her.
Growing up in a tiny coastal town on the Black Sea Region of Turkey, my grandmother never went to school. She even did not know the alphabet, and she had my dad at an early age. Though she had no money, and no education, she made sure that my dad had the best education – even though, in the years to come, he would have to use the same notebook over and over.
According to recent study, approximately 36 million adults in the U.S. have low literacy skills. In Montgomery County, the percentage of illiteracy (based on a study in 2012) is 10.8%. With a population of over 1 million people, that means over 100,000 people in our county alone struggle with low or no literacy skills.
Adult Education and Family Literacy week means a lot to me as an educator who is also an immigrant in a country I have called home for the last fifteen years. My job at the Literacy Council allows me to meet and help students from different parts of the world who need literacy and English services. Most of us who have never been illiterate or who have never had low literacy skills may find it difficult to understand what most of our students are going through.
Imagine an illiterate parent struggling to help his or her child. We are here to help. When a parent improves his or her reading skills, their knowledge about parenting options and child development increases. Think about a parent learning how to read and write or learning English. Family Literacy services brings families together, and families become more involved in schools.
Adult Education and Family Services do work, and their benefits are widespread and significant. So I ask you: please join my colleagues and me at the Literacy Council of Montgomery County to help our learners with their literacy needs and English language skills for the benefits of education in their families, and in their communities.
To support the vital adult education and family literacy the Literacy Council of Montgomery County provides to low literacy adult learners all over Montgomery County, donate today. To volunteer as an adult literacy tutor, contact Ashley France at firstname.lastname@example.org or call our office at (301) 610-0030.