Meaningful change is possible only through literacy. “LITERACY FIRST,” Is the slogan if you are interested in seeing a better Pakistan. Most of the problems at personal and social level are due to the lack of sufficient reading and writing skills of the masses.
Literacy is the key component of all social change. It has to be integrated into any program you plan to offer to people living under the poverty line. Here are some examples of how literacy can be integrated into different types of community works:
If you are providing health and medical care
Run a literacy center parallel to your health care program. This will help you bring a long lasting change in the way people live. It will help you create a more conscious society. Once literate, people will be able to adapt to a healthy life style.
If you are running a skill center
Literacy is an integral part of a skill center. Skills with literacy helps people earn more as literate people are more informed. Literacy brings better communication skill, which is an integral part of customer service. A literate person is more confident in establishing his or her own shop or business.
If you are working for women’s rights
Literate male members of a society are more inclined towards respecting females. Moreover, literacy makes a female more confident. Literacy brings the ability to makes decisions. Start literacy centers for both male and female members of a community and see women of the area gaining more rights, naturally.