I was honoured to receive an award for Contribution by an Academic at this year’s awards, organised by the World Literacy Foundation.
Other categories include significant contribution by a nation (Australia) and significant contribution by a celebrity, with this year’s award going to Julian Lennon. The event was held online this year and it was both inspiring and moving to hear from the other people honoured on the night, but also to find out about some of the other individuals and organisations shortlisted for their incredible work.
The award was very special for me because I was nominated by Ruth Sorby from Worldreader, who first put me in touch with Joan and Wanjiku in Kenya and whose support throughout the whole process leading up to the DRIVE project has been so important. For me, the award is not so much about my individual achievement, but is recognition for all of our collective efforts over the past year. It is also hopefully recognition that the work we have started with our network is valued by the wider literacy community, and so may help pave the way for us to be able to build on these foundations in the near future.
You can read more about the awards and watch the ceremony here.