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Literacy: “The ability to understand and use printed information in daily activities, at home, at work, and in the community – to achieve one’s goals, and to develop one’s knowledge and potential.”

FACT – 1 out of every 3 adults in Alberta have reading skills that limit their ability to deal with much of the printed material they see every day. I out of every 7 adults in Alberta has a very low level of literacy skills. This means that they would have difficulty reading directions on a medicine bottle.

  • Adults and seniors with good literacy skills are for better able to maintain their independence and quality of life. There is a direct link between low literacy skills and the need for social services.

FACT – 1 in 6 children in Edmonton begin school with low verbal and vocabulary skills. This means that children who are not prepared for formal education are less likely to achieve in school and more likely to repeat a grade.

  • Parents in Family Literacy programs in Edmonton said they were more aware of the importance of oral language development in their children and of the importance of reading together every day.

FACT – 64% of callers to Alberta literacy programs speak English as their first language and were born in Canada. This means that we need to offer help to many different learners.

  • The above information come from the International Adult Literacy Survey (I 995), the ABC Canada – Learn Campaign National Research Study (I 996), and Edmonton’s Children A BACKGROUND REPORT by SUCCESS BY 6(C)