Writing Each Step

Local Ally: Ministerio de Educación Nacional de Colombia, Organización de Estados Iberoamericanos

Did you know Colombia wants to be declared by 2018 illiteracy free and become the most educated country in Latin America by 2025? According to the last census (DANE, 2005), currently Colombia’s literacy rate is 5.8%, with 2.740.000 illiterate people (15 years or older). In order to reach its goal to become illiteracy free by 2018 we need to educate around 800,000 Colombians.

One of Give to Colombia’s main pillars is education, we believe that by education we change lives and help people develop fully and contribute to society. Imagine not being able to do basic activities such as taking a bus, reading a stop sign or paying bills. The lack of these skills does not allow them to be active citizens in their community, they are limited to having other people perform these and other activities for them.

Give To Colombia with the support of the Colombia’s Ministry of Education and in partnership with the Organization of Ibero American States, have joined efforts to reduce illiteracy rates in Colombian adults during the next two years through the program “Writing Every Step.” 

Our project will focus especially on illiterate women in rural areas that have been displaced by the conflict, are heads of households or are indirect land mine victims.  The main areas where we will direct our efforts are rural areas, especially difficult access states such as: Chocó, Guainía, Guaviare, Cauca and Guajira where there is lack of opportunities and state presence. We hope to alphabetize 8000 people to help them become active citizens, and ensure better futures for them and their families.