Helping someone to read and write effectively or acquire the basic math skills so many of us take for granted, improves the future of everyone in society. Literacy is critical to economic development as well as individual and community well-being.
Often overlooked are the adults who, for a multitude of reasons, did not gain this foundation in their youth, and who are now navigating the world without vital literacy skills.
They need to learn, too, and their education matters.
43% of adults 16-years and older read at or below the basic level. Their skills are limited to understanding short, simple texts and one-step math problems at best.
They struggle to find employment.
They struggle to help their children with homework.
They struggle to understand a bus schedule, instructions on a bottle of medication, and nutritional information on a package of food.
This is because literacy means not only the ability to read, but the ability to read well, to process information and solve problems.
At Carolina SeniorCare, through the opportunities provided by Sibert Lewis and Tammy Broadway, two exceptional team members wishing to make a difference, adult literacy programs have been developed. A graduation ceremony was held for ten graduates going through either one or both English and Math curriculums. One graduate never completed elementary school and now reads devotions to the class. Another graduate wished to write his wife’s name. Now he can do that and has written her a love letter.
Adult learners, and the need for improved adult literacy, deserve our attention and efforts because these people deserve the opportunity not just to survive, but to flourish.
Their success is everyone’s success.
Excerpts from: https://www.seedsofliteracy.org/the-importance-of-adult-literacy/