JALF Literacy AmbassadorS
JALF Literacy Ambassadors are people from the Jane Austen and book loving community who want to help promote literacy and support the activities of the Foundation.
The program launched in May 2018, and our growing team of Literacy Ambassadors is spread far and wide, with members based in the UK, USA, Netherlands, Denmark, Switzerland and Australia.
Here are some examples of the wonderful work our Literacy Ambassadors are doing to promote literacy in honour of Jane Austen.
Over the summer, author, Jane MacKenzie, has been actively promoting the Jane Austen Literacy Foundation and its programs at various talks in libraries across Scotland. She has talked about the current fund-raising project to provide e-readers and an e-library for Suhum MA Experimental C School in Ghana (in partnership with Worldreader), and also explained how to sign up and become a Literacy Ambassador.
In September, Soniah Kamal was a participating panellist at a War, Literature and Arts Conference via Skype, and during a discussion on war and literature, Soniah mentioned Kipling’s short story, The Janeites, and how literature and reading are healing tools. She then went on to talk about the Foundation’s activities in promoting literacy in Africa and also outlined how to join us as a Literacy Ambassador.
Rita Watts attended a JASNA-NY meeting in New York City on the 20th of October, and will be attending a lecture by Professor Pamela Bromberg of Simmons College on 4th November (organised by the JASNA Massachusetts region). Rita is seizing the opportunity of these events to spread the word about the Foundation and its activities.
All of our Literacy Ambassadors also support the Foundation by raising the equivalent of £100 a year, all of which is spent on the Literacy Libraries program. We would love to have you join our wonderful team of volunteers helping to increase literacy rates in honour of Jane Austen, and if you would like to be a Jane Austen Literacy Foundation Literacy Ambassador, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for an information and sign up pack.
JALF Ambassador, Literacy Ambassador Program Manager
Image credits: Images belong to each Ambassador and the Jane Austen Literacy Foundation