GUEST POST BY AIMEE JEFFREY, Adult Literacy Librarian
For over 40 years UNESCO has promoted International Literacy Day on September 8 to focus attention on literacy issues and needs. It’s estimated that more than 970 million of the world’s population don’t know how to read or write, and many children lack access to education.
From a local perspective, did you know that low literacy affects 24% of the population (adults 16 years +) in Waterloo- Wellington? These adults lack the skills to deal with everyday printed materials. Does that number surprise you?
Literacy in 21st century Canada means more than knowing how to read, write or calculate. Many people with low literacy skills have some reading, writing and math skills, but they may lack the skills needed to cope with the demands of our rapidly changing society and job market.