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Feed The Minds Marks 50 Year Anniversary

Feed The Minds Marks 50 Year Anniversary

Friday 19th September 2014

The Archbishop of York is to attend the Feed the Minds Reception on Monday 22nd September to mark the charity’s 50 Year Anniversary of promoting literacy worldwide.

 

London based, international literacy charity Feed the Minds, through local partnerships, supports adults to gain essential education skills in a practical way. Their unique approach means that literacy training involves much more than reading and writing; it is combined with skills that improve health, challenge discrimination, resolve conflict and create income. 

 774 million adults still lack basic reading and writing skills (UNESCO). The Oxfam Education Report estimates that the number of non-literate adults will fall to 743 million by 2015,  with millions of adults missing out on the skills they need to build their own future and support their families.

“If adults are not literate how can we expect them to educate their children?” asks Feed the Minds supporter, Dr John Sentamu The Archbishop of York. “We need to promote adult education and literacy in all forms to improve the lives of the entire community”.

Adults that have been denied education are less likely to understand the value of education for their own children and without this the cycle of poverty is less likely to be broken.

Josephine Carlsson, Feed the Minds CEO said: “It cannot be denied that educating children is vital to creating a better future, but if we believe in the concept of ‘education for all’ then we must support those already fallen through the gap, most through no fault of their own?”

To attend the 50 Year Anniversary Reception Event on 22nd September 2014 at Dr Johnson’s House, 17 Gough Square, London, EC4A 3DE, please contact Bex Band at rband@feedtheminds.org.uk, or call on 08451 21 21 21.

 

Notes to editor

Interviews: Dr. Katy Newell-Jones, Programmes Director and Josephine Carlson, CEO, are available for interviews.

Pictures: Pictures for all projects available on request from Jacqui Brelsford, jbrelsford@feedtheminds.org

More information: Feed the Minds is based in the UK and runs education and training projects to help some of the world’s poorest people transform their lives. They deliver our education projects in partnership with grassroots organisations in developing countries. This approach ensures the work is innovative, locally relevant and sustainable. Feed the Minds is a charity registered in England and Wales (291333) and in Scotland (SC041999)

http://www.feedtheminds.org/about-us/who-we-are/

 

Sources:

UNESCO http://www.uis.unesco.org/literacy/Documents/fs26-2013-literacy-en.pdf

Oxfam Education Report, http://policy-practice.oxfam.org.uk/publications/the-oxfam-education-report-115525

 

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