Our mission is to enhance the capacity and effectiveness of literacy resources throughout Hampton Roads; promote the awareness of literacy programs regionally; and advocate for economic growth in Hampton Roads through a literate workforce.
The Literacy Partnership | P.O. Box 99043 | Norfolk, VA 23509
Read to WORK. Read to LIVE. Read to PLAY.
What would TODAY be if you couldn't READ tomorrow
Students at Dreamkeepers Academy in Norfolk, VA show their excitement for the books they received in the Fall of 2009.
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FACTS ABOUT LITERACY
- Literacy is the ability to read, write, compute, and use technology at a level that enables an individual to reach his or her full potential as a parent, employee, and community member.
- There are 774 million adults around the world who are illiterate in their native languages.
- Two-thirds of the world’s illiterate adults are women.
- In the U.S., 30 million people over age 16 — 14 percent of the country’s adult population — don’t read well enough to understand a newspaper story written at the eighth grade level or fill out a job application.
- The United States ranks fifth on adult literacy skills when compared to other industrialized nations.
- Adult low literacy can be connected to almost every socio-economic issue in the United States: More than 60 percent of all state and federal corrections inmates can barely read and write.; Low health literacy costs between $106 billion and $238 billion each year in the U.S. — 7 to 17 percent of all annual personal health care spending.; Low literacy’s effects cost the U.S. $225 billion or more each year in non-productivity in the workforce, crime, and loss of tax revenue due to unemployment.
- Globally, illiteracy can be linked to: Gender abuse, including female infanticide and female circumcision; Extreme poverty (earning less than $1/day); High infant mortality and the spread of HIV/Aids, malaria, and other preventable infectious diseases.
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