Five Things About Adult Literacy You May Not Have Known

Fact: Nine million Canadians struggle with low-literacy. It’s an alarming statistic, and it makes one thing evidently clear: something needs to be done.

One of the first steps in combating the massive issue is educating Canadians about illiteracy — how and why it happens, and in what way it has become such a pressing issue for so many, just for starters.

Here’s a list of the top five things you may not have known about illiteracy. Perhaps, by creating some awareness, we can in turn create some change.

Adult Literacy Affects Everything

From housing and health, to behaviour, self-esteem and income, literacy has an impact on everything.

There are 750 million Illiterate Adults Worldwide – and Most are Women

Two-thirds of those who are illiterate are females. And, according to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, gender disparity in youth literacy remains persistent in almost one in five countries.

A Solid Foundation in Literacy and Numeracy Gives Children the Best Chance in Life

According to the Ontario Ministry of Education, when students develop strong reading, writing, and math skills early in life, they are less likely to get discouraged and drop out of school later.

Reading Books at Home Isn’t as Common as You Might Think

According to First Book Canada, a quarter of Canadian households don’t even own a single book. Why? Because parents can’t afford them. This only perpetuates the cycle of illiteracy in our country.

Low Literacy Rates Have a Massive Effect on Overall Health

According to the Literacy Foundation, those who are illiterate have more workplace accidents, take longer to recover, and often misuse medication because they are unable to read.