Champions of the Global Goals: Susan Pollara

Susan Pollara June 6, 2016 About YourCause

This article is part of the “Champions of Global Goals Series” where YourCause employees share their connection to the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals.


The Power of Literacy

Goal 4 (Susan)-3I am the mother of two bright, eager school aged boys who love to learn, make stuff, and test their momma’s math abilities (“Mom, what’s 762 times googleplex?”).  My guys are so fortunate to have caring teachers, the supplies they need to learn, and the basic needs of clothes, shelter, and food. This allows them to concentrate on the work of being kids – going to school, playing with friends, and fighting with each other.

One of the best times of the day is curling up with my boys to read at night.  And now, everyone in our house can take a turn at reading.  My youngest son was recently diagnosed with a learning disability. Since then, he has received exceptional support and is on track to be reading at grade level by the end of the year.  I see his face light up when he can read a street sign or a page in a chapter book.  I see how his confidence is growing.  I see the power of literacy in action.

As a mother, and as a former teacher of underserved youth, it breaks my heart and makes my blood boil that any child be restricted by their gender, geography, or economic status to a life without the power of literacy. According to the UN, 103 million youth lack basic literacy skills; more than 60% are women.

Goal 4 of the Sustainable Development Goals is to ensure inclusive and quality education for all, and to promote life-long learning. It will also help ensure equal access to learning for boys and girls. By 2030, all children should experience the power and confidence of being able to understand and impact the world around them through education and literacy. Our family will continue to support local and national charities that help fight for literacy in underserved communities.

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Learn more about the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, and see how you can support Goal 4 – Quality Education.