This month we are proud to showcase the Morgan County Coalition for Literacy (MCCL), an organization which promotes the rights and responsibilities of Morgan County citizens to be able to function at an adequate literacy level. The MCCL recruits, trains, and supports volunteer tutors throughout Morgan County, with trainings held throughout the year and tutor gatherings every other month. The aim of the Coalition is to increase awareness of problems associated with low levels of literacy and to promote a culture of literacy in Morgan County.
Literacy is directly tied to poverty, as illiterate adults are more vulnerable to ill heath, exploitation, and unemployment and lower wages. Unable to read or write, illiterate adults are stunted from reaching their full potential. Illiteracy locks communities into vicious cycles of poverty that lay the conditions for violence and strife.