Sunday brings music, brunch, auction and chance to boost literacy in Africa
There’s a reason the silent auction at a Feb. 24 fundraiser is for African art: The money raised is going to boost literacy around the world, with Africa as the starting point.
The organization behind it, a nonprofit called Learning InSync that is using the event to celebrate its official launch, promises a day of comfort food and mimosas from The Burren in Somerville’s Davis Square, live music – from a band including Tom Bianchi and James Rohr of The Blue Ribbons – and authentic African crafts such as paintings, wood carvings and jewelry.
But the real promise lies in Tanzania, organization leaders said, citing their work in Tanzanian villages.
“Education opens up a world of possibilities. It infuriates me that some people are denied this based on money, gender, national preference – or language,” said Rachel Weiner, a Learning InSync staff member.
Staffers are finding underfed and often illiterate students who are forced to learn in English without ever really being taught the language. As a result, a graduating class of 150 students might have fewer than one-half of 1 percent – just one person – actually passing the national qualifying exam for secondary school.
Solutions for Tanzania can be a solution for every developing nation, said Lisa Walker, founder and chief executive of the Kendall Square organization. Learning InSync has some practical solutions already in development.
“When you see a problem, you wonder about its origin. When you discover the origin, you wonder about its solution. And when you realize a solution that feels not only necessary but possible, how can you walk away?” Walker said.
Learning InSync’s Bid n’ Brunch runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 24, with bids for the silent auction closing at 2 p.m., at The Burren, 247 Elm St., Davis Square, Somerville. There is a $5 suggested donation for entry. Those who can’t attend in person can donate online. For information, send e-mail to [email protected].