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Leadership, Advocacy & Global Citizenship

WLF Ambassador Program empowers individuals around the globe to be change-makers.

With young leaders like Greta Thunberg and Malala Yousafzai taking to the world stage, we can see the power and potential in developing the leadership and advocacy skills of the global citizens who want to do no less than changing the world. How better to help the leaders of tomorrow flourish and thrive than through education?

leadership-1The benefits of promoting leadership

Educators, schools, workplaces, and organizations are in a position not only to inspire future leaders but equip them with the skills, networks, and experience they need. Literacy empowers children, and once empowered, children can grow to lead their communities towards shared goals for development.

How can we develop leadership?

The World Literacy Foundation’s Ambassador Program is a fantastic platform for participants to advocate for the eradication of illiteracy by joining a network of like-minded people; gaining leadership, communication, fundraising, and PR skills; and feeling empowered to have an impact on our global community.

Other ways to cultivate leadership

We can also encourage young individuals to develop leadership skills through group projects, giving students responsibility for tasks or decisions, involving them in extracurricular activities, modeling, explicitly explaining leadership behaviors, and leadership programs that cultivate the skills and experience needed to make an impact.

Importance of global citizenship

Guiding learners to engage with the world as global citizens is important for teaching them empathy, understanding, and promotion of human rights, as well as preparing them for an increasingly globalized further education and employment climate.

Growing global citizens

The first step towards creating global citizens is creating literate populations. Aprende Leyendo, the fundraising focus of this year’s WLF Ambassador Program, uses the project “Dingo App” to deliver locally-tailored content to empower students to be global citizens through literacy.

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This is a fantastic initiative of the World Literacy Foundation to provide children from low-income backgrounds in Colombia the means and opportunity to learn valuable literacy skills in both Spanish and English and prepare them to take an active role in their communities.

Other strategies to grow global citizens

Educators around the world are using strategies such as forming digital networks, engaging students in collaborative projects, and prompting students to question and understand the world around them, to equip learners to become active global citizens. Literate, empowered, and impassioned children will become leaders in their communities and the world.

If interested in participate in the WLF Ambassador 2020 and speak up for those who cannot read and write, register now at https://worldliteracyfoundation.org/ambassador/

*The WLF Ambassador Program registrations will close on June 14, 2020.

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Ways Storytelling Changes Children’s Worlds

Storytelling changes children’s worlds because it helps them learn new ideas and develop their identity to set them up for life. 

storytelling featured image 1Storytelling broadens ideas

When we tell a story, children can find new ways to interpret ideas and situations about the world. In a fairytale, for example, a child can step into a character’s shoes or examine the plot through the language and imagination depicted in the story and related images in the book. This helps them understand and interpret their own ideas or point of view about the story. They can then relate these to situations in their own lives. Lois Lowry’s fiction masterpiece,  The Giver , explores how novels can develop individuality, broaden ideas and create change.

child_storytellingStorytelling can develop an identity

As children begin to relate to characters and the plot, which may sometimes mirror their own lives, they can cultivate their own identities. The children can form opinions about situations in the story, their own  preferences  of story genres or develop ideas about their own  morals . This can help them establish  individual ways of interpreting their own lives  in the real world. recent article in Texas  explored how racially-aware storytelling helped African-American children develop more positive racial identities

read-aloudPrograms changing children’s worlds 

The  World Literacy Foundation  recognizes the benefits of storytelling and has programs to make books available to children all over the world. Projects like  Aprende Leiendo  in South America,  Reading Out of Poverty  in Australia  and  Michigan Reads  in the USA, help ensure the power of storytelling is fostered in as many children as possible.

Storytelling Changes Children’s Worlds – The way forward

Storytelling can change children’s lives and make the world a better place as they develop their own ideas and identities. They can  contribute their unique sense of self  to their communities and the world as they continue to grow. Let’s share stories with children as often as possible.

Written by: Rida Safeer
Edited by: Eliana Furnari

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Benefits of Learning a Second Language at an Early Age

l3Learning a second language at an early age can present some challenges but is well worth the effort because there are many benefits. Understanding the intricacies of more than one language as early as possible is great for children throughout their lives!

The earlier they learn the better

It is much easier for young children to learn a new language than adults because this is when their brains begin to develop. The early years are a vital period when cognitive skills and connections are formed which learning a second language can enhance. Their level of perception and inquisitiveness improves and helps them learn more rapidly in every area.

It enhances creativity and academic achievement

According to research, children who acquire a second language at an early age are more creative than their counterparts who only communicate in their native tongue. It has also been found the cognitive skills they learn can lead to better academic outcomes.

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As children grow, being bilingual can also boost their employability. When a child learns a new language at an early age, the likelihood of achieving more in their desired field in later life increases significantly. Organizations often employ people who can speak second languages so they can connect with people from different backgrounds who interact with their business.

It improves acceptance of cultural differences

A bilingual child is more likely to appreciate diversity and accept cultural differences. Exposure to more than one language can help them embrace different ways of life by providing insights beyond just language as they learn about different ethnic backgrounds.

featured_second_languageOne way the World Literacy Foundation is helping children learn second languages through its Sun Books and Dingo App initiatives. These programs give disadvantaged children in Africa and Colombia access to digital education in English and their local language.

The many benefits of learning a second language mean it’s a powerful way to improve how children can contribute to society throughout their lives.

All children deserve this opportunity!

Written by: Vanessa Caraveo

Edited by: Eli Furnari

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