September 8th 2016 marks the 50th anniversary of International Literacy Day, a day to celebrate and honour the past five decades of worldwide engagement and progress to increase literacy rates. It also addresses the fact that there is still much work to be done.
Today, there are 758 million adults who cannot read or write a simple sentence, two thirds of which are women. These people are more vulnerable to poor health, unemployment (or underemployment), exclusion and/or exploitation and poverty.
In our community, people struggle every day to fill out forms, manage technology, understand their rights, and navigate their health. Research (PIAAC) confirms that 53% of Quebec adults struggle with low literacy.
You can make a difference:
- Volunteer as a literacy tutor
- Make a donation to support literacy programs
- Attend the PGI for Literacy Connie Kaldor benefit concert in Knowlton on September 10th
- Write to your elected officials and push for a national literacy strategy