The choice to intentionally engage in literacy activities is an integral part of the Bible translation process and thus central to the Bible Societies’ mission. Publishing Bibles for people who cannot read limits the beneficiary’s engagement with the Scriptures. The ability to read the Bible for oneself, find meaning from it and digest it as God’s message for one’s life, family, community and society is a vital resource that cannot be overstated. Promoting literacy activities as an integral part of the UBS Bible mission strategy is especially important for regions of the world where literacy levels remain low.
International Literacy Day 2017
International Literacy Day this year will be celebrated across the world under the theme: Literacy in a Digital World. On 7 and 8 September, 2017 a special two‐day event will be organized at UNESCO’s Headquarters in Paris, to reflect on what it means to be literate in increasingly digitally‐mediated societies; and also to explore effective policies and programmes for literacy skills development in a digital world.
On September 8, plan to get involved with your local UNESCO office, if possible, and celebrate the day along with them. Pray for and connect with your Bible Society and the literacy work.
Let us join together in opening the eyes of non‐literates and thereby open God’s Word to them in a new and real way.
“Reading and writing or going to school were a dream to me. The day I was given my first pencil and notebook in literacy class was incredible. My dream was coming true.”
I am Isabelle Sangombé. I am 12 years old and I live in the district of Dongou in the department of Likouala in the Republic of the Congo.
Reading and writing or going to school were a dream to me. The day I was given my first pencil and notebook in literacy class was incredible. My dream was coming true. I realized that there are people in the world who think of me and are helping me. I began feeling useful to our community and my joy was indescribable.
Today I learned my first syllables, my first words. Thank you for your support, we will be able to finish our classes and we will be able to read and write.
For the past three months, the majority of the camp have been participating in the listening sessions and in the literacy class that was started in our camp.
My name is Pauline Mangassa. I am married and I have seven children. My family and I live in northern Congo in a camp which is seven kilometers from the city of Dongou. There are about 30 other people in our camp.
We live by hunting, fishing and gathering. We are not good farmers, but we are just beginning to learn how to plow the fields. Our children do not go to school. We do not have a church, so we do not have access to the Word of God.
One day our current leader came and told us: “I bring a beautiful gift to all of you”. The whole camp he would bring drinks or some material things. It was a radio.
The next day, we were all gathered under a tree to listen to the radio which proclaimed the Word of God. For the past three months, the majority of the camp have been participating in the listening sessions and in the literacy class that was started in our camp.
I thank God for the change taking place in me. Today I begin to get away from drinking. In our home there is less verbal and physical violence from drinking too much. My husband and I participate in the listening sessions and we are enrolled in the literacy class. We are really grateful.