Literacy for Social Change

ProLiteracy’s Literacy for Social Change model integrates learning and community improvement by teaching basic literacy skills along with critical thinking and cultural expression for individual and community action. Adult literacy plays a role in many social change efforts. Our action areas include:

  • Children’s Education
  • Economic Self-Reliance
  • Environmental
  • Health
  • Human Rights and Status of Women (Women in Literacy)
  • Peace and Conflict Resolution

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Through decades of international field experience, ProLiteracy has developed a unique tool that enables teachers and staff within community literacy programs to effectively combine literacy and cutting-edge strategies for human development and problem solving. Known as Literacy for Social Change, this method integrates four components: fundamental skills, critical thinking, cultural expression, and learner-initiated action. Using Literacy for Social Change, communities can assess their material and social needs and implement solutions to pressing local problems. The Literacy for Social Change methodology provides instructors with practical techniques that can help learners apply new skills to address problems concerning health, economic self-sufficiency, human rights, environment, and gender equity. Literacy for Social Change is an education and development process using codes (pictures or learning activities) that reflect realities from adults’ daily lives. This methodology allows learners to utilize literacy skills as a tool for empowerment. The primary mode of instruction in this session is dialogue and participatory learning.