Literacy alphabet, numbers that mean a lot to us

From the first moment of their discovery, letters contributed to a fundamental change of life, and through writing, it constituted a basic basis in the development and progress of societies, and despite this progress, a large number of individuals are still unable to read and write, according to the data of the UNESCO Institute for Statistics that 793 million adults lack reading skills, as the illiteracy rate in Arab countries constitutes 12.8%.

 Therefore, on the occasion of International Literacy Day, GOPA-DERD’s Community Center’s team in Al-Haffah town in Lattakia, and in cooperation with UNHCR, implemented a field visit to a group of women who participated in these courses, in order to follow up and check on their living and educational situation, and it is worth mentioning that these courses were implemented by our team in Al-Haffah in cooperation with the Department of Adult Education and Cultural Development of the Ministry of Culture, over two consecutive years, with the aim of eliminating ignorance and spreading knowledge, where the number of beneficiaries reached 6 people in 2020, and 5 people in 2021, most of them suspended from studying due to the displacement movement in their areas, to be awarded at the end of the courses, literacy certificates provided by the Ministry of Education, allowing them to continue their educational path later on.

 During one of the sessions in 2021, our team organized a visit to the historical city of Ugarit, to see where the first alphabet was found in history, with the aim of motivating beneficiaries to write.

In Daraa, and on the occasion of International Literacy Day, GOPA-DERD’s “Beituna” Center’s team implemented an awareness campaign for more than 90 women from the local community, to highlight the importance of reading and writing, and its positive impact on the progress of societies, in cooperation with NCA.