Thanks for taking the time to learn more about our initiative to improve the Literacy, Numeracy and Digital skills within the adult population across the province.
Since 1981, Laubach Literacy New Brunswick has been changing countless lives for the better. With this article, we hope to bring an understanding of the current literary situation and inspire heartfelt sensitivity to the people with low literacy skill levels. This article is not filled with global/country versus provincial statistics, it does however, paint a picture of the invisible reality that surrounds each and every one of us on an individual basis.
The people who are supported by this revolution are your teens, your parents, your neighbours, your co-workers, and even may include some of your closest friends. We welcome everyone between the ages of 16 and 106!
For those who don't see it, and for those who hide it, Literacy is, in effect an "Invisible Challenge". Many of these adults either cannot read, or have difficultly reading print/digital materials encountered in their daily lives. Including receipts and bills, food and medical labels, as well as bank statements and legal documentation, just to name a few.
Some of these people are employed, others are self-employed, and because they may be unfamiliar with the complexity of some reading, writing, numerical or digital content, they tend to avoid such situations and rely on others to get the job done. There is a considerable amount of adults with low literacy skills who do not participate in the work force, and if they do, they are often the first to lose their jobs when times get tough. If they are fortunate to keep their jobs, the chances of getting promotions are next to none.
Most adults with low literacy rates become very anxious, they feel ashamed, and don't want to be found out for fear of being ridiculed. We get that, and that's why we exist! Through our revolution, we recognize the right of all New Brunswickers to improve their skills, to access learning opportunities and enjoy a better, healthier quality of life. That's why we continually promote safe and effective learning solutions that are free and confidential.
"The possibilities are literally limitless with the help of Laubach Literacy NB's regional councils and their local tutors".
It is our hope that the words on this page are creating a spark within you that will instil a sense of hope and responsibility toward the people in your community. That you now have a deeper understanding of why reaching out for help as an adult takes a lot of courage (hence the reason many are reluctant to take that first step).
IN SHORT, ADULTS WHO ARE EMPOWERED THROUGH LITERACY:
Despite the level of awareness, education and personal contacts practiced regularly, there are still many people, those who really need our help, who are not getting the message. Equally, there as many who are not aware we exist. If they are aware, may fear they wonât be able to afford it.
Let's take a stand and put a stop to low literacy levels here in New Brunswick.
We have made taking stand easy. All you have to do is choose one or more from the selection below and we will send you an email with the necessary information or instructions to help you take part in the NB Adult Literacy Revolution.