Imagine struggling to or not being able to:
- read the community newspaper?
- help your child do their homework?
- track where your money goes?
- complete a job application?
- read a book for the pleasure of it?
How would you feel? How frustrated might you be? It’s hard to imagine.
Yet everyday, people in our community – young, old, and in all ages between – struggle with these issues.
The reality is that around 35% of working age adults in British Columbia do not have the literacy skills they need to fully participate and succeed in today’s world. We know that literacy doesn’t exist in a vacuum. Low literacy affects community crime rates, voter turnout, economic outputs and inputs, as well as individual health and well-being.