Even though a new school year is just beginning for most of us in the Northern Hemisphere, many students around the world have already been hard at work hitting the books for a while now.
An increasing number of children around the world have the option to go to school year round, but the dropout rate is still alarming. According to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, “in 32 countries, mostly in sub-Saharan Africa, at least 20 percent of children enrolled are not expected to reach the last grade.”
Wow. At least 20 percent are not projected to graduate. When I read that my mind begins to race with so many questions.
How do we inspire children to reach their full potential with the help of education? How do we look out for those who might get left behind? How do we help them stay in school from afar?
Thankfully, letter writing allows you to maintain a personal relationship with the child you sponsor and cheer them on from miles away. Through this outlet, you can remind them how impactful education can be. You can even share how education has played a significant role in your life.
When you write letters to the child or children you sponsor, asking them questions about their schooling is simple way to start encouraging them to do their best in the classroom.
As you write your letters this month, start asking about their educational experiences. Choose a few questions to create a conversation focused on scholarship.
1. How long does it take you to get to school?
2. What is your school like?
3. What grade are you in this year?
4. What makes you excited to learn?
5. What skills are you learning?
6. Do you think school is easy or hard? Why?
7. Do you enjoy working in groups or do you like to work alone?
8. What subject do you like the most? Why?
9. What are your dreams for the future?
10. If you could be anything in the world, what would you be?
Finally, end your letter with heartening words that will last even after graduation:
You can do it!
I’m praying for you.
Don’t give up!
I believe that you can succeed.
You are loved no matter what!
When you show interest in children’s learning, they’ll notice.
They’ll notice that you care. They’ll notice their potential.
They’ll notice that education is something worth cherishing. And their awareness may blossom into academic achievement.
Your letters have the power to influence the child or children you have chosen to invest in. They really do make a difference. Use your words this month to inspire them and get their mental gears shifting into learning mode!
How do you encourage the student you sponsor in his or her academics? Share in the comments below! And be sure to check out our Second Friday Letter-Writing Club board on Pinterest and share your great ideas for encouraging scholastic excellence in your letters!
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