After an accident and the need for medical care, Essoetche “George” Ebia came to Durham from his native Togo in West Africa. Ebia is now in his second semester of the Durham Literacy Center’s advanced classes in English for Speakers of Other Languages.
His ambition is to improve his English so he can study agriculture at N.C. State University and someday create a non-profit organization that will allow American farmers to share knowledge with farmers in Togo. “College demands high level skills. ... I know I need better English,” Ebia said during a speech at the Durham Literacy Center’s 10th annual Leaders in Literacy breakfast. “My neighbors and friends tell me I speak better, and I think I do. Yes?” The audience applauded to his question.
Read the rest of this Herald-Sun article by Cliff Bellamy here: http://www.heraldsun.com/living/article147163124.html
And you can read Bob Ashley's opinion piece, "A passionate crusade to ensure literacy denied no one," here: http://www.heraldsun.com/opinion/article147336804.html