It's International Literacy Day, a day to recognize how literacy empowers learners to be confident, aim high, and go beyond their expectations in life. This occasion marks the many achievements that have been made to spread literacy around the world and innovate some of the various ways we can work together to eradicate low literacy. It also gives us the chance to reflect on ways to overcome the challenges that stand in the way of promoting literacy as an integral part of lifelong learning.
International Literacy Day is a day when local governments, organizations and nonprofits, communities, teachers, learners, and experts in the literacy field come together to give a voice to this universal cause that affects 43 million adults in the United States, two-thirds of whom are women.
Literacy empowers women everywhere to support themselves so they can get out of domestic violence, help their children, earn a diploma and get a job, and sustain a quality life. While we celebrate the many achievements of thousands of women, we want to share a new and exciting opportunity with programs and their learners nationwide.
ProLiteracy and Lancôme USA have partnered to develop the Write Her Future Institute to empower women through literacy and provide opportunities for women to further their skills and improve their lives. The Lancôme grant to ProLiteracy will provide free access to Voxy®, a personalized language learning platform that pairs authentic content with personalized live instruction—all delivered in a fully mobile experience. Adult literacy programs and students can apply for free one-year Voxy licenses at www.writeherfutureinstitute.com.
Voxy is an innovative digital solution that helps adult learners build English language skills through personalized instruction using real, up-to-date media. The app is effective and was designed with a research-based approach to learning English and multiple skill levels.
Voxy’s key features include:
- Personalized general English and career-aligned courses that adapt to each learner's needs
- Real media content added daily, such as videos, news articles, and conversations
- Live instruction using performance data to inform in-class instruction or utilizing Voxy's optional live instruction for distance learners
- Assessment using the Voxy Proficiency Assessment, a reliable online placement and benchmark tool
- Reporting to track learner progress and study time
Voxy includes various activities that will help keep learners engaged, including grammar, listening, reading, vocabulary, and writing. Some additional features include navigational text available in 14 different languages, word banks, a grammar guide, flashcards, pronunciation practice, and more.
Join us this International Literacy Day to celebrate and empower women, to make an impact, and collectively create the solution for change.
“Lancôme’s wish is to empower women by working to eradicate illiteracy and also to raise awareness of this often silent issue,” says Suriya Parksuwan, President, Lancôme USA. “We know that women who lack basic reading and writing skills have a hidden handicap that can seriously hamper their own lives as well as those of their families. This partnership seems natural for Lancôme, whose mission since the very beginning was to help women on their journey towards happiness and self-fulfillment.”
Together, and through the Write Her Future Institute, we can make a difference and transform the lives of thousands of women through literacy.