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“The end goal of any society, as it addresses the problem of education, is to raise the ability, the initiative and the cultural level, and with all these the survival level of that society. And when a society forgets any one of these things it is destroying itself by its own educational mediums.”

L. Ron Hubbard

Internationally, nearly one billion people are illiterate or functionally illiterate.

For these people, reading and understanding a book, or even a simple pamphlet, is impossible.

L. Ron Hubbard developed Study Technology, which enables one to overcome the Barriers to Study, and factually cure illiteracy.

The IAS and its members have long provided grants to bring this Study Technology to countries and communities all across the world. These grassroots programs have trained thousands of teachers and have helped countless children and adults improve their literacy levels, and thereby their prospects for a better life.

In South Africa, Education Alive was the recipient of grants from the IAS as early as 1989 and as a result trained many thousands of students and teachers to use Study Technology. Education Alive staff and volunteers provided lectures, courses and workshops on Study Technology in South Africa’s black townships – often in the face of oppression from the aphartheid-era government of the time.

In Ghana, IAS grants funded the establishment of a Study Technology facility to serve as a base for the training of teachers.

With funding from an IAS grant, IAS members from England and the United States traveled to The Gambia where they held an intensive series of seminars for that nation’s teachers. Working with the Gambian Department of State for Education, volunteers trained a total of 5,533 teachers from all over the country. “Results were unprecedented,” said Mrs. Ndong Jatta, then Secretary of State for Education in The Gambia. “The quality of education in our country is now accelerating; many reported ‘D’ students becoming ‘A’ students, slow learners learning quickly and most important and crucial, our children are now experiencing the true joy of learning.”

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