International Literacy Day
Literally Speaking: July/August 2015
International Literacy Day, traditionally observed each year on September 8, focuses attention on worldwide literacy needs. More than 780 million of the world’s adults (nearly two-thirds of whom are women) do not know how to read or write.
Newport/Mesa ProLiteracy uses International Literacy Day as an opportunity to focus on the tremendous strides our adult learners have made in reaching their goals.
To create a true international celebration, learners share dishes from their home countries and Bristol Farms provides a beautiful centerpiece of fruit and cheese.
The celebration culminates in the presentation of the Rochelle Hoffman Memorial Award. This award, which is given to an adult learner who exemplifies the mission of the program, is presented each year by Rochelle Hoffman’s daughters, Renee and Risa.
Past Hoffman Awardees are:
2006 Horacio Cortes
2007 Donnie Madril
2008 Ruth Cisneros
2009 Parvin Tabrizi
2010 Claude Bonham
2011 Effy Sanchez
2012 Isabel Sevilla
2013 Marnalee Lopez
2014 Yolanda Lopez
Please join us on September 10, 2015,at 10 a.m. to celebrate International Literacy Day. It is our way of recognizing the efforts of volunteers and the progress of our adult learners. By improving literacy skills, we strengthen our community, and what better way is there to applaud these dedicated people than by being a community and supporting their efforts!
The theme of International Literacy Day 2015 is Literacy and Sustainable Societies. Literacy is a key driver for sustainable development. Literacy skills are the prerequisite for the learning of a broader set of knowledge, skills, attitudes and values, required for creating sustainable societies. At the same time, progress in areas of sustainable development, such as health and agriculture, serves as an enabling factor in the promotion of literacy and literate environments.