About the Contest

Call for writingsIn honor of Mother’s Day, World Education invited mothers in adult education classes to share their stories.  Mothers attending Basic Skills/GED, English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), or College Transition classes were eligible to submit entries (300-500 words) about their efforts to improve their lives through education. Each year, our staff selected the top 10 stories (12 stories in 2013) out of more than 200 total submissions.  In addition to having their stories featured on this site, the winners were awarded a $50 stipend.

A mother’s education level is the greatest determinant of her children’s future academic success, outweighing other factors, such as neighborhood and family income.[i]  Support for mothers’ education is one of the best education investments a society can make. It brings multiple returns to the family, society, and to the mother herself.  In the United States, that investment is limited in light of the need. Over 90 million adults in the United States need to improve their pre-college level academic skills. Yet, the publicly funded adult education system has the capacity to serve only slightly more than 2 million young and older adults per year.[ii]

About World Education

World Education, Inc. is a national leader in building the adult education system’s capacity to provide high quality instruction and advising for adult learners.  We collaborate with a wide range of governmental and non-governmental partners to provide training, project design and management, resource development, and research grounded in program contexts.  Effective educators, organizations, and education systems help adult learners to learn more and progress faster.  Adult learners are also able improve their career options, succeed in college, advocate for their communities, and support their children’s academic success.

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[i] National Institutes for Health. (2010). Improving Mothers’ Literacy Skills May Be Best Way to Boost Children’s Achievement. http://www.nichd.nih.gov/news/releases/pages/102510-reading-family-income.aspx

[ii] National Council of State Directors of Adult Education. (2012). The Blue Book. Adult Education Services, the Success, the Impact, and the Need. http://www.ncsdae.org/BlueBook20121031.pdf