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From Poverty to Inspirational Preacher, a 30-Year-Old Learns to Read

 

Jesse Cradduck was an adult who suffered with low literacy. But for Jesse, there was more to it than that. Starting early in life, he faced unimaginable obstacles one after another into adulthood. His ability to overcome finally began with a referral to a local literacy program. Learning to read would eventually lead him to become the inspiration he is to many around the world today.


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How Supporting Adult Literacy in Public Libraries Changes Lives
Posted by Jennifer Paulding on March 30, 2017 in categoryStories from the Field
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With safe and welcoming environments, it is important for public libraries nationwide to continuously offer adult literacy programs. Success stories, like that of Nyla Henry, an adult learner from the Carlsbad City Library Learning Center, inspired ProLiteracy to partner with the American Library Association (ALA) to help libraries implement adult literacy initiatives.

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The Case for Investment in Adult Basic Education
Posted by Jennifer Paulding on March 29, 2017 in categoryFacts & ResearchcategoryAdvocacy
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There is a significant connection between participation in adult basic skills programs and increased employment and income levels, high school equivalency and postsecondary education attainment, and civic participation. This return on investment, however, remains mostly unknown to policy makers, funders, and the general public.


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India’s First Literacy School for Grandmothers
Posted by Jennifer Paulding on March 23, 2017 in categoryStories from the Field
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India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi has made strides to improve female literacy. Until recently, the majority of educational programs focused on youth. Now, what is known as India’s first Grandmothers’ School is changing that and emphasizing the importance of a literate, older female generation.  


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Earl Mills’ Poetry Expresses Ups and Downs of Learning to Read

By age 45, Earl Mills was married with five children, owned his own home, and had worked for the same company for over 25 years. Although he had everything he could ask for, Mills faced a significant challenge every day—he could not read. For over 40 years, Mills’ wife was the only person who knew he could not read. He was able to keep the secret between them until he was asked to read a Bible passage one Sunday at church. After that, Mills found help, and he read his first book at age 48.


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