Literacy is the ability to identify, understand, interpret, create, communicate, compute and use printed and written materials associated with varying contexts. Literacy involves a continuum of learning to enable an individual to achieve his or her goals, to develop his or her knowledge and potential, and to participate fully in the wider society. — UNESCO
How many things have you read today? The menu at the coffee shop, or street signs on your way to work? Did you read through your child’s agenda from school? Check to see how often you need to take your medication? Imagine struggling with these kinds of tasks on a daily basis.
According to the Canadian Literacy and Learning Network, 42% of Canadian adults between the ages of 16 and 65 have low literacy skills. Adults with low literacy skills are more likely to be unemployed or underemployed, and low literacy has been shown to have a negative effect on all aspects of health. Low literacy also contributes to poverty and crime.
September 8th is a day to highlight the importance of literacy. Having a highly literate population positively affects the economy, fosters civic engagement, and reduces health care costs. Literacy supports healthy family development, and contributes to sustainable societies.
If you know someone who may benefit from literacy training, please contact the Adult Literacy Program at 519-255-6770 ext. 4460.