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Literacy as a Poverty Reduction Strategy

We’re happy to announce Frontier College’s National Research Report on Literacy and Essential Skills as a Poverty Reduction Strategy. The report, funded by the Government of Canada’s Adult Learning, Literacy and Essential Skills Program and authored by the Social Research and Demonstration Corporation (SRDC), reveals how increased literacy enables Canadians to move out of poverty and recommends that governments should recognize literacy as a human right.

 
“It’s time to start a new conversation, one that recognizes literacy as a human right,” said Stephen Faul, President and CEO of Frontier College. “This report recommends recognizing literacy as a policy priority and renewing our commitment to this priority to ensure we can unlock the potential of each and every Canadian.”
 
People with low literacy levels are more likely to experience poverty in Canada. One in five Canadians struggle with reading, writing or math, and millions more do not have the essential skills to succeed in today’s economy. The stigma surrounding low literacy, and the everyday systems and tasks that assume strong literacy skills, may affect a person’s ability to find and use the services they need to lift them out of poverty.
 
Over the course of the last year, Frontier College and its research partner, The Social Research and Demonstration Corporation, completed a comprehensive review of existing literature, and surveyed and interviewed local and national literacy associations, poverty reduction organizations, service providers, policy makers, researchers, and individuals.

Watch the recording of the launch announcement here. 

Read the SUMMARY HIGHLIGHTS on Literacy and Essential Skills as a Poverty Reduction Strategy here.

Read the FULL REPORT on Literacy and Essential Skills as a Poverty Reduction Strategy here. 
 
Posted: 3/21/2019 9:45:22 AM by Joanne Huffa


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Nearly nine-in-ten Canadians (87 per cent) believe more needs to be done to improve literacy rates.

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