International Literacy Centers
"BREAKING THE CHAINS OF ILLITERACY FOR CHILDREN OF THE DIASPORA" IN KINGSTON, JAMAICA
Literacy Centers: “Millions of children around the world living in economically depressed conditions are born into the stark reality: Will they work in markets and mines, or go to school? Will they be trafficked into slavery, or be free? Will they be child soldiers, or students? All children have the right to an education, right to nutrition, right to health care, and the right to be treated with respect.” Funds forNGO’S .
The Indiana Council on Educating Students of Color (ICESC) supports all children rights necessary for the growth and development of healthy children. The organization has established Literacy Centers in Indiana and now have launched an International Literacy Initiative to focus on children of the Diaspora.
Background Information: Historically, in Indiana the need for future prison beds have been projected by the states 3rd grade reading scores. Black children across the state have not made progress on the National Assessment for Educational Practices(NAEP) since testing began in 1992. The reading achievement score of Black children showed dismal results on state testing as well. Mrs. Diana Daniels, a former reading supervisor with the Indianapolis Public Schools, and president of the National Council on Educating Black Children,(NCEBC) became alarmed after studying the high correlation between illiteracy and incarceration among Black and Brown young men; she planted the concept of community and church based after-school Literacy Centers, with Mrs. Billie Sanders and a team of local supporters. It was the rich exchange of ideas and knowledge at these meetings that led to the establishment of after-school Literacy Centers located in churches and community spaces in Indiana and other states.
In 2008, NCEBC in collaboration with the 8th Episcopal District AME Church, under Presiding Bishop Cornal Garnett Henning, established the first Literacy Center at Payne Memorial AME Church , New Orleans, Louisiana. That same year, and in subsequent years, then Presiding Elder, Rev. E Anne. Henning Byfield, advocated from the shores of Lake Michigan to the banks of the Ohio River, the importance of children’s Literacy acquisition to her assigned churches in the Indiana Episcopal District 4. Her beliefs and efforts excited others to adopt educational practices to deter the high incarceration rates by instituting literacy centers in their churches and communities. The Indiana partnership, established after-school literacy centers in twelve (12) Indiana cities.
The Indiana Council on Educating Students of Color Initiative, “Breaking the Chains of illiteracy for Children of the Diaspora” is an opportunity to expand the previous work utilizing the infrastructural aspects of the AME Church and their schools in 15 Caribbean countries. ICESC seeks to provide resources, support and educational training to 60 schools, and is uniquely prepared and connected to provide these services. We believe the keys to releasing youngsters from the bondage's of poverty, are early childhood education, literacy, leadership, and nutrition.
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Policy and Advocacy; research and dissemination of data to local cities about impact of state and federal education legislation – school to prison pipeline, expulsions, suspensions, homeschooling, transfers, juvenile system, …; advocating for children and marginalized families to create access to better educational opportunities