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The last myth we d like to highlight
in this series is the myth that non-
readers can continue to get by without
reading, just as they have done suc-
cessfully in the past.
While some very prominent people
among us came from homes where their
parents were not readers and their literacy
level did not prevent opportunities to
advance, truth is, we now live in an age
of information where most of that infor-
mation is written.
The word "book" and "text" have
found new meaning to what they were
20 years ago, with the advent of Face-
book, and short messaging now replacing
the phone call. To understand how this
new age has changed life for the non-
reader, consider how would you feel sur-
rounded by written information that
gives others a message but not you?
For example, looking at the high tech
screen in a Japanese foreign used car
wanting to enjoy some of the car s fea-
tures, but unable to read.
The world closes in for a non-reader.
To avoid embarrassment non-readers
avoid anything they haven t done before.
With life in the digital era, they pass up
promotions if the new post will involve
text in technology, or if it takes them
away from a familiar (memorised) man-
ual routine of performing tasks. While
a reader may find technology makes life
easier, electronic text compounds the
challenges faced by a non-reader.
Over the years, Alta students have
talked about being on the outside, feeling
excluded. As one student wrote: "There
is no place for me in the heart of society."
Her choice of the word "heart"---tells
you she feels rejected, unloved by the
world around her. Not only are poor
readers left out, but they feel they have
to hide because those who read think
reading is easy.
Do non-readers want to be a part of
this new age? Of course they do. They
too desire to be "in-the-know," have a
social life on Facebook and access almost
everything, from jobs to giveaways,
knowing how to fill out a form for them-
selves. They want a life beyond getting
by. They want to go into the world pop-
ulated with written information and "get
A survey of students completing the
Alta Programme has shown that not
One week before setting off for
concerts in Croatia and France,
famed Jamaican reggae star Bar-
rington Levy will regale Tobago s
reggae fans on August 23 at Pigeon
Levy, who is widely regarded as
reggae royalty, will share the stage
at Reggae on the Beach with another
reggae legend, Everton Blender.
The two are part of a dynamic line-
up that features young rising stars
like Romain Virgo, Chris Martin,
Loyal Flames and Gardah Knight.
Promoters BWV Entertainment said
in a release, the show promises to be
a "perfect blend of silky crooners
and pulsating grit."
In 2013, BWV received plaudits for
the first installment of Reggae on the
Beach where Chronixx and The Zinc
Fence Redemption Band, Tarrus "Mr
Singy Singy" Riley and the Black Soil
Band thrilled the audience.
BWV Entertainment said it has a
"social contract" to consistently pro-
duce high quality events for patrons
from T&T and further afield. They
promise patrons that Reggae on the
Beach 2014 will full of "irie vibes."
converge in Tobago
only are students able to apply the
skills to daily life but they feel happier
and fulfilled in their lives.
End the stigma of getting by.
Encourage a non-reader to get in to
an Alta class and get through their
daily routine without fear. Alta reg-
isters people aged 16 and over once
a year---on the first Tuesday and
Wednesday of September, the start
of the new academic year for free lit-
To register, visit your nearest public
library on September 2 or 3 with a
form of ID. Alta tutors will let you
know the class options in the area
and sign you up.
Myths about literacy: Part 6
• Become a part of Alta.
Volunteer, Donate, Sponsor a
student. New student registration
begins September 2 and 3.
Call 624-ALTA (2582) or e-mail
email@example.com or like us on
Facebook: ALTA Trinidad.
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