Although the literacy rate in Ecuador is 94%, there are still many women who can hardly read or write, especially in the poorer or more remote area of the country.
María Elvia Toaquiza Toapanta is among them. A 37-year-old single mother, María lives in two small rented rooms in Pisulí on the outskirts of Quito with her elderly mother and her son Mathew, who has an intellectual disability. She used to live in the countryside, but she was forced to move to the city to look for better job opportunities. Getting a job was not as easy as she thought and she soon found herself unemployed with two vulnerable people to care for.
There are currently about 488,000 school-aged Syrian refugee children in Lebanon and more than half of them are still our of school (Source UNHCR - Data 2017/18).
To address the growing need, AVSI is helping more than 11,000 children between 3 and 14 through the project "Supporting vulnerable girls and boys to access and remain in education in Lebanon"
Syrian refugee currently living in Tripoli, Lebanon, with his parents and three brothers, six-year-old Khaled is among these children. Although he was born in Lebanon, his family tried to go back to Syria when he was 1 and a half.
Studies indicate that students who don't read or read infrequently during summer vacation see their reading abilities stagnate or decline. This effect is more pronounced in countries like Ivory Coast, where the literacy rate for adults remains low: in 2015, it was estimated that only 43.91% of the total population was literate (50.7% of males and 36.7% of females).
To give the opportunity to students in primary school, who do not have the required reading level, to improve their reading skills, AVSI Ivory Coast is launching the Reading Catch-Up Classes Campaignin 613 schools. As part of the Integrated School Feeding and Literacy Program funded by USDA/McGovern Dole, this new set of activities has been developed to help students who are struggling with reading improve their skills and move forward with their education.
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