“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” (an old Chinese proverb credited to Lao Tzu, the founder of Taosim)
Teaching someone to read is a way of “teaching a person to fish.” You’re giving them a gift, providing them with a skill that will help provide their sustenance, or improve the quality of life for them and their families, for a lifetime.
Unfortunately, some of the parents in our program, for a whole variety of reasons, lack of opportunity or confidence chief among them, never mastered the reading skills necessary for independent reading, growth, and study.
There are many programs designed to help such people, and as family workers it is important that we share this information with parents, so that they can avail themselves of the chance to read.
Click on this link for an informational flyer on Adult Literacy Programs offered by the Brooklyn Public Library.
Help fight illiteracy in America… starting with the families in our care.