Causes and Effects of Low Literacy

Causes of low literacy

  • Learning disability(ies)
  • Family relocates frequently
  • Overloaded school system
  • Poor learning environments
  • Physical, mental or developmental disability
  • Cultural differences
  • Violence
  • Lack of education in English
  • History of failure or low self-esteem
  • Illness or absence from school
  • Lack of support in learning

Effects of low literacy

  • Development of coping skills (cover-up)
  • Dependence
  • Low self-esteem
  • Frustration and anger
  • Workplace errors or accidents
  • Unemployed or under-employed
  • Crime
  • Accidents
  • Dropping out of school
  • Inability to help children with their school work
  • Cycle of low literacy without a learning culture at home
  • Loss of exercise of human rights
  • Vulnerability to exploitation
  • History of failure-patterns established
  • Given up on dreams
  • Depression
  • Stress
  • Health Issues