There is a literacy crisis around the world. According to UNESCO, approximately 750 million people are illiterate worldwide, 250 million are children. Low literacy prevents people from being productive members of society. You can have a positive impact by improving literacy in your own neighborhood or on a global scale. Bookworm Global has helped volunteers and nonprofits serve people in their neighborhoods and around the globe.
Eduction equity means that everyone should have the same rights, opportunities and resources for education. There is a huge gap in education and resources in the United States across socioeconomic status and race. The disparities negatively impacts everyone. These disparities are especially stark during the pandemic when millions of students dont have access to reliable internet at home. Physical books can play an important role in preventing students from educational backsliding.
Education reform is the goal of changing public education in the United States to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to be literate. The pandemic has increased the wide gap in education. We see incredible inequity in structured educational time and social-emotional support.
Approximately 650,000 books are sent to landfills annually. Donating and distributing used books is a great way to ensure they stay out of landfills.
According to Laura Arrillaga-Andreesen, philanthropy and charity can be distinguished from one another. Charity is immediate aid given to those in need while philanthropy is defined as the active effort to promote human welfare. Philanthropy address the root problems whereas charity addresses an immediate need. By promoting literacy we are aiming to impact poverty and homelessness.
Many community service activities are charitable acts. For example, donating food or clothing. You can make a broader impact by thinking philanthropically to create a difference in our world. Charitable acts for Bookworm Global are also philanthropic because they address some of the root causes of poverty.
Bookworm Global aims to motivate others to give time, skills and finances to make an impact on literacy worldwide. While many people imagine wealthy people when they think about philanthropy, anyone with generous intentions can be a philanthropist by donating their time to help solve systemic problems.