FORMER SLAVE AND ACTIVIST DURING the Civil War era, Frederick Douglass, spent much of his childhood in very difficult circumstances. But he wanted to learn, and when he got the chance he jumped at it. Learning to read introduced him, not only to Abraham Lincoln, but to a whole new world of freedom for himself and others. He affirmed that very truth when he wrote, “Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.”
I was honoured to be asked to write a guest blog for this This IS Literacy – a terrific London, Ontario organization that promotes and supports literacy for not just children, but entire families. I wrote about my own children whom we adopted from Sudan and the challenge we faced when they first came to Canada eight years ago. They had never learned to read nor write, but our greatest task was to help them recover a childhood they had never had, and for that it would take words.