Meet Martha – the doctor in the making
Martha is something of a pioneer in her family, many of whom never got the chance to learn to read. An avid devourer of books on English, science and maths – she’s also a real lover of stories.
Martha often reads stories to those members of her family who can’t enjoy reading a wonderful book themselves. After school she plans to go to university, following in the footsteps of the people she reads about at school, by becoming a doctor.
“My name is Martha and I am 17. I live with my mum, Grandad and two sisters. At school, I like reading storybooks and running. I like doing Mathematics, English and Science.
I like reading because I know how to! I learnt to read here at school. I started learning about the alphabet – after that handwriting and now, I can read books. Before I didn’t even know how to spell my name but now know.
Durning lockdown I missed learning, hanging with friends, and the library was closed so we could not get books.
At home the others don’t know how to read, so I read for them. It makes me feel good.
I want to finish school, go to university and be a doctor. I want to take my medical exam and pass. Books give me hope for my future because I have seen others in books doing things that I want to do. Books encourage me to do things.”
Across the world, there are millions of children who have never held a new book or had one to take home. Books can give children like Martha the chance for a better future.