Charity Ambassador (English)

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It’s a great honor as Charity Ambassador for Dyslexia International to deliver my contribution to better education, particularly for those who need it the most.

Although eventually I became a writer I have struggled my entire life with reading and writing. Knowing the importance of reading and writing, personally – I have dyslexia – as well as from pedagogic and writers point of view,  I can strongly underline the basic principles of Dyslexia International that quality basic education for all children, youth and adults should be available and that inclusive education should be practised, providing the right of all learners to a quality education that meets basic learning needs and enriches lives. Focusing particularly on vulnerable and marginalized groups, it seeks to develop the full potential of every individual.

Dyslexia International is a non-governmental organization in partnership with UNESCO. They provide free, quality courses and resources which are selected and updated by practising teachers and experts in literacy and reading difficulties.

In accordance with UNESCO’s principles, the Dyslexia International’s main focus is to share knowledge globally to promote equal opportunities for people who struggle with reading and writing. In particular, they advocate for the principles of ‘Education for All’ and ‘Inclusive Education’. ‘The ultimate goal of inclusive quality education is to end all forms of discrimination and foster social cohesion.’

Out of first hand I can tell you how frustrated it is to struggle with words. Even though I am able to recognize letters, my battle begins when these letters are combined and form words. This battle gets worse when they are multiplied and forming sentences, chapters, and complete books….
And that is just the reading part, writing is just as dramatic ‘even my homework was corrected with a red pen whilst most of the time it had nothing to do with writing skills … the teachers were just as consistent and with the same tenacity in correcting my work as I was in making the errors.’

Pretty soon I  realised that the teachers were just as frustrated in their lack of ability to help me with reading and writing flawlessly. Their disability is the lack of knowledge and insight about dyslexia.

Thanks to organisations like Dyslexia International teachers are provided with the information they need so we dyslexics are being able to improve our abilities and possibly learn to deal with our disabilities. There is a long way ahead of us but with knowledge and acceptance of the fact that there always will be people who are not able to read and/or write flawlessly, we can solve the problems and learn to deal with dyslexia in a way that our dyslexics deserve.

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Léon Biezeman

Charity Ambassador, Dyslexia International