About 430 million people worldwide speak Arabic, with over one million of those in the United States. Between 2010 and 2014, the number of people who speak Arabic in the U.S. has grown 29%, making it the country’s fastest growing language. Because of the rapid growth, the 2020 census questionnaire will be available in Arabic for the first time in U.S. history.
ProLiteracy, through its partnership with the National Coalition for Literacy, is focused on Census 2020 and the effort to ensure a complete and accurate count of adult learners and their families. Adult learners often fall into one or more groups that the Census Bureau has identified as “hard to count,” which means they are at risk of being undercounted.
The census determines how $800 billion annually is spent on programs affecting schools, housing, health care, and much more. Results also determine the allocation of seats and how district lines are drawn for the U.S. House of Representatives, state legislatures, and local boards. The census will determine these allocations for the next 10 years.
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Laubach Way to Reading – Arabic
Considering the number of Arabic-speaking adult learners in the U.S. who want to learn but first need to be literate in their mother tongue, ProLiteracy is making available its Laubach Way to Reading – Arabic materials.
New Readers Press has grown from one publication, started by its founder Dr. Robert S. Laubach, to hundreds of publications and resources for adult learners. In honor of Dr. Bob’s legacy, ProLiteracy and New Readers Press created the Dr. Robert S. Laubach Publishing & Innovation Fund. The money raised in this fund is supporting the digitization and translation of Dr. Frank Laubach’s time-tested literacy curriculum still known today as the Laubach Way to Reading. Laubach developed literacy materials for both students and teachers in over 300 languages with teams of educators all over the world. ProLiteracy and New Readers Press are excited to announce that the first project completed through this fund was the translation of Laubach Way to Reading into Arabic.
Literacy rates, especially for women in Arabic-speaking countries, are among the lowest in the world. This resource will serve Arab refugees and immigrants who are not yet literate in their native language. The step-by-step instructions in the Laubach Way to Reading teacher’s edition and the illustrated student book are powerful tools that will tackle low literacy in the Arab world.
How to access Laubach Way to Reading Arabic?
Laubach Way to Reading – Arabic is a free resource, funded by generous donors who contributed to the Dr. Robert S. Laubach Publishing & Innovation Fund. For those who are interested in this program and content, please reach out to Alesha Anderson at firstname.lastname@example.org.