The elderly man learned to write and proudly displays the names of his nieces.

Many people lack access to education, and while attending the basic years is required in many nations, not all families can afford that luxury. Unexpectedly higher than in other comparable developed nations, the United States has an adult illiteracy rate of 8.1%. Now, the numbers can rise sharply if other elements like migration and age are included. Felipe Lira’s story is only one of several that include identical circumstances. Although spending many years in California, Mr. Lira was never able to learn to write because of a lack of resources. Yet, with the help of his family and his drive to succeed, he was able to.  His great-niece, Kennya Ramos, used social media to give updates on her grandfather’s accomplishments. When her grandmother finally achieved her objective, the first thing she did was write down all of her grandchildren’s names in her own handwriting.

Ramos added in the post, “My uncle didn’t attend school so I’m teaching him how to write and he wrote the names of his grandchildren for the first time. She set up a Twitter account for Don Felipe in order to provide more information about his seminars, and I am grateful to her for the encouraging and supportive comments that people have left on it.

I made your own Twitter account because many of you want to follow his growth! Updates will be posted on @eltiofelipelira. Again, thank you very much to everyone!” said the young woman. Don Felipe’s motivation to achieve his aim of learning to write after many years—and to show people of all ages that it’s never too late to learn—was the desire to advance and not fall behind in spite of the conditions.

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