Highlights from “A Grassroots Approach to Addressing Illiteracy” by Roshini Balan

"What I want this time is for me to be able to offer them my book, and for them to take it, read it, enjoy it, and take knowledge from it." – Balan on the importance of encouraging literacy

“What I want this time is for me to be able to offer them my book, and for them to take it, read it, enjoy it, and take knowledge from it.” – Balan on the importance of encouraging literacy

“She shook her head, and said no. I was confused” – Balan on handing a book to an Indian girl who couldn’t read.

“I realized how, if reading had such a positive impact on my life, how negative of an effect it had on those who couldn’t read

“98% of illiterate people are concentrated in thee major areas. Two thirds are women. In the U.S., some take literacy for granted

“14% of our adult population can’t read. 21% of adults read below a fifth grade level.

“The U.S. continues to have one of the highest relative child poverty rates among developed countries”

“This is clearly not an easy issue to solve, or it would have been fixed by now.

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