Develop reading materials and programmes, and pass your skills on to others

Anée wept bitterly as she held her baby close to her chest. She was filled with confused emotions of anger, grief and guilt. She was supposed to take the medicine herself so the baby would benefit through her milk. But she didn't understand the doctor's instructions, and she can't read, so she gave the medicine directly to her baby. Her newborn daughter then died from a tragic and avoidable overdose. Information poverty kills!

Literacy can, quite literally, be the difference between life and death. Imagine English without books or any written information. Even in a post-literate age, that's scary. Millions of people all over the world have no one to help them write down their language, to work with them to produce books, or to help set up programmes for teaching adults and children to read. In almost all cases, it is the poor and marginalised who are denied access to literacy.

Together with our partners, Wycliffe works alongside local communities to see this situation change, and to offer specialist training in the various aspects of literacy work.

Do you have what it takes to be a literacy specialist? The following are all very valuable in this role:

  • A desire to serve and help others
  • Concern for the marginalised
  • Commitment to being a team player
  • Flexibility and tolerance
  • A love of teaching and passing on skills to others
  • Good communication skills
  • The ability to organise and manage people
  • Enthusiasm for learning new languages and cultures
  • Talent in art or graphics

You may have some of these skills and characteristics already. Others can be learnt over time. The training offered by the Centre for Linguistics, Translation and Literacy will give you the tools you need in linguistics, culture learning and literacy project management.