Family Literacy Day is Saturday. We're urged to take some time to read together and learn together and to focus on literacy which is, simply, the ability to read and write.
I used to take these skills for granted until I learned many people around me don't have the same skills. In fact, an organization called ABC Life Literacy Canada calls the stats "staggering," with 49% of Canadians having "below desired literacy" skills. Studies show we're 11th in the world. It's worse when it comes to basic math. Only 45% of us have average or better than average numeracy skills.
So, when we recognize "Family Literacy Day," it's not just about reading to the kids. It's about urging adults to improve.
Literacy skills are directly linked to employment. 80% of adults with the highest literacy levels have jobs while only 57% of those with the lowest literacy skills are employed.
If you are an adult with lower than average literacy skills, you should know there are supports in place right here in Moose Jaw. Yes, basic adult education classes.
There's no shame in making your life better.