March 8, 2012Doug Hadden
Ottawa, Canada (March 8, 2012) – FreeBalance, a leading vendor of Government Resource Planning (GRP) software, participated in the World Read Aloud Day on March 7, 2012. World Read Aloud Day is an international event organized by LitWorld that motivates children, teens, and adults worldwide to celebrate the power of words and stories. This event advocates the right of every child to literacy programs, safe education, and access to books and technology.
LitWorld, a global literacy nonprofit organization based in New York, presents World Read Aloud Day. On March 7, 2012, people from all over the world rallied together in a global movement advocating for every child’s right to read, to write, and to share their words to change the world.
Reading rights are universal and belong to all citizens of the world. Literacy opens up worlds of information, of inspiration, of hope, of laughter, of deep understanding, and research has shown that the power of reading aloud with a child is immense, significant, and life changing. We must take action urgently and raise our voices together to achieve universal global literacy,” says Pam Allyn, Executive Director of LitWorld.
At least 793 million people around the world cannot read and write, and in the United States alone, an estimated 32 million adults are illiterate and approximately 32 percent of young adults do not graduate from high school. The implications are grave. Millions of people in our neighborhoods, including children and teens in our schools cannot read the words in this sentence, nor street signs, nor subway maps, and cannot gain access to information that could improve their health and even save their lives. LitWorld is changing that.
“We believe it is important to actively participate in the local community in a meaningful way,” said Manuel Pietra, President & CEO of FreeBalance. “World Read Aloud Day enables our employees around the world to engage with the community. We look forward to this event each year and as a company we embrace and celebrate the importance of literacy.”
FreeBalance employees visited local schools, SOS Children’s Villages, orphanages, or community centres in Afghanistan, Antigua & Barbuda, Canada, Guatemala, India, Kosovo, Kyrgyz Republic, Liberia, Mongolia, Palestine, Panama, Sierra Leone, Timor-Leste, and the United States. This year each office selected a book in the local language. Activity books and crayons were also provided to children by FreeBalance staff members and text will be translated in nine different languages to encourage understanding and participation. Each child received a certificate of achievement.
LitWorld is a 501C3 nonprofit organization led by Founder and Executive Director Pam Allyn. LitWorld’s mission is to cultivate literacy leaders worldwide through transformational literacy experiences that build connection, understanding, resilience and strength. Founded on the three pillars of access, advocacy, and education, LitWorld works with teachers, parents, community members, and children to develop sustainable reading and writing skills to engage the world’s most vulnerable communities in the redemptive power of story. For more information, visit www.litworld.org
FreeBalance is a For Profit Social Enterprise (FOPSE) software company that helps governments around the world leverage robust Government Resource Planning (GRP) technology to accelerate country growth. FreeBalance software solutions for public financial and human resource management support reform and modernization to improve governance, transparency and accountability. Good governance is required to improve development results.
As a FOPSE, FreeBalance contributes to economic development and social programs in customer countries by forming local partnerships and hiring citizens to ensure independently sustainable implementations. FreeBalance is also committed to supporting children’s programs in the developing world. FreeBalance has established partnerships with organizations such as SOS Children’s Villages to directly impact the lives of thousands of children. For more information, visit www.freebalance.com.
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