National Literacy Action Week 2008 Starts Today!

National Literacy Action Week (NLAW) starts today and is being celebrated on campuses across the county. Sponsored by SCALE, Student Coalition for Action in Literacy Education, a program of the School of Education at The University of North Carolina, the week will feature workshops, tutoring and tutor recruitment, storytimes and book distributions, and other literacy awareness activities.

The events on the UNC campus and surrounding community include the kickoff featuring local and student-led literacy and social activist organizations at the Pit, followed by two workshops addressing social activism and the civil rights movement held at the campus Y and the South Estes Family Resource Center. Distinguished storyteller Aurora Boyer will facilitate a bilingual story time (Spanish-English), hosted by Carrboro Elementary School and MANO (Women Working Toward New Opportunities). Finally, a Public Health professional with experience in the Latina community will lead a discussion about issues in cross-cultural health literacy at the Borders store.

Among other campuses participating in NLAW 2008 are Duke University, Miami University, Rice University, Virginia Tech, Florida State University, and the University of Notre Dame.  We will be blogging about their activities throughout the week so check back often for updates! 

The following photos of the UNC bilingual storytime and health literacy event are provided by SCALE.

Bilingual Story Time

Bilingual Story Time

Health Literacy Workshop

Health Literacy Workshop

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2 comments on “National Literacy Action Week 2008 Starts Today!
  1. Donna says:

    Yesterday night I attended the Civil Rights/Youth Activism workshop in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. I was excited to hear and share my own ideas about activism with more than 15 middle school students in the area! The presenter was enthusiastic and encouraged the kids to share their ideas with everyone.

  2. Charlotte says:

    The health literacy workshop held by members of Planned Parenthood was beyond simply informative; it was insightful and inspiring! We learned from a former Peace Corps volunteer about some of the health challenges faced by those in poverty in Kenya, including lack of information, neglect, and reticence of medical workers to engage individuals in their own health care. Then we learned that these are the same issues faced by the poor, minorities, and immigrants in the United States! I wish medical schools had classes like this with a focus on cross-cultural health issues; it would vastly improve the would-be doctors’ empathy, insight, and ability to provide excellent care in the short time they have with each patient.

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  1. […] What I’m further excited about is the timing.  Unbeknownst to me when I signed up – this is actually National Literacy Action Week!  The NLAW celebration began on Monday, and campuses around the country are participating.  Originating with SCALE (Student Coalition for Action in Literacy Education) at the University of North Carolina, this week will feature workshops, tutoring and tutor recruitment, storytimes and book distributions, and other literacy awareness activities.  For more information, click here. […]