Illiteracy in your community
Illiteracy in Norfolk, Virginia Community
The learning process is a very complex system, and it develops quickly that it is often difficult to give the most efficient instruction at every stage of the learning process (Freire 46). Illiteracy affects people as it prevents people from accomplishing a task that can take different forms. Illiteracy, much like a number of various concerns, is an issue of widespread community problem and needs extensive support within the community to be eradicated totally. Moreover, illiteracy can affect an individual in almost every aspect of the person’s daily life. Therefore, with a little amount of creativity, illiteracy eradication efforts with the community can be promoted and publicized in several ways. All the present illiteracy eradication activities can have a promotional part that allows one to apply all the imagination in creating a unique and authentic promotional program and material that may capture a fresh audience. Before commencing the community promotional efforts, it is vital that the reasons for the promotion as well as the resources are properly articulated.
Norfolk community will present a different promotional need compared to other community areas. Norfolk, Virginia has a population of 246 392 and sits on a 54 square miles area, and a home to a cosmopolitan mix of people from every ethnicity (City-data nd). Almost twenty percent of people in the Norfolk community speak a language that is different from English at home. Together with the advantages that that come with over 200 languages spoken in the community, the infusion of different culture also comes with illiteracy in the English language. Nonetheless, the longer people continue to live in Norfolk, much like the rest of the country, and coupled with more education leads to higher rates of proficiencies in the English language. Increased proficiency in the language in turn leads to higher chances of the new residents to be self-sufficient and engaged in their civic duties.
Illiteracy is frequently the result of interconnected factors and affects the entire Norfolk community in a variety of ways (Gardner 89). The main predictor of mortality at an early age is indeed is illiteracy on health. Individuals that are unable to read properly are said to experience problematic time adapting to a healthy life behaviors, as well as performing a simple research on preventive care and search for those who provide care. Such behaviors can be aggravated when such individuals are experiencing chronic and severe phases of the disease. Immigrations trends have been associated with increasing illiteracy rates in the Norfolk community region. According to recent estimates, the rate of illiteracy is expected to grow faster compared to the population rate within the Norfolk community. Presently, every percentage point seems to equal more than a thousand people, in the next fifteen years, every percentage point shall be projected to equal more than two thousand people. Measures are in places that are intended to reach more learners within the community and negate the recent upsurge illiteracy. However, delivery of literacy classes to even more people, investment in the Norfolk workforce, and strategic growth of literacy programs can be instrumental in reversing the tide of illiteracy within the Norfolk community.
Delivery of Literacy Classes to a Large Number of People
This should be a combined public –private strategic partnership. The concerned community bodies should engage organizations that prioritize delivery of literacy services to the population. For the organizations to achieve realistic gains in illiteracy, eradication within the community there is a vital need for a set up of targets that match a period certain targets will be delivered.
Investment in Norfolk Workforce
Through an extended corporate satellite location, the city council should work with business in the community to invest in their workers through the delivery of an on-site structure literacy instruction. This should also be given set targets within certain timeframes so that the businesses in the community target their employees for literacy programs.
Strategic Growth of Literacy Programs
The strategic growth of literacy programs should be emphasized in regions of extended poverty levels within the community. The organizations should make concerted efforts to expand its services to the areas in the community with the highest need.
Illiteracy affects everybody within the community, and individuals that are deemed illiterate are the fellow neighbors and other adults who lack skills to perform daily tasks such as taking time to read to a childbed time stories, reading the content of one’s medicine, or even completing a job application form. High Illiteracy levels are associated with poverty, accidents, crime, and high levels of school dropouts. The presence of these factors within the community affects everybody in the community in one way or another. People are generally ignorant of the effects and extent of illiteracy in the Norfolk community, and the United States in general. This is in part because of the stigma that is attached to people that are semiliterate and preliterate, a system that blames the individuals or the education system for continued prevalence of illiteracy.
City-data. “Norfolk, Virginia (VA) income map, earnings map, and wages data”city-data.com. 13 December 2015
Freire, Paulo. Pedagogy of the oppressed. Bloomsbury Publishing, 2000.
Gardner, Howard. Frames of mind: The theory of multiple intelligences. Basic books, 2011.