Illiteracy is a Worldwide Problem



Grim US Literacy Facts

Two thirds of students who cannot read proficiently by the the end of the 4th grade will end up in jail or on welfare.

According to the National Adult Literacy Survey of 1993,  90 million (55% of the adult population) are functionally illiterate. That means that these people read and possibly write only simple sentences  but cannot read or write well enough to deal with the everyday requirements of life either socially or in employment.

More than 60% of all prison inmates are functionally illiterate at a cost to the taxpayer of $25,000 per year per inmate & nearly double that amount for juvenile offenders. 

85% of juvenile offenders are illiterate. 70% re-offend, but only 16% re-offend if they are taught to read.

90% of welfare recipients are high school dropouts. 

Low literacy costs $73 million per year in terms of health care costs.

70% of adults read at Grade 4 level or less.

Parents with low literacy skills often do not have access to written information that could help them become better parents.

The single most significant factor influencing a child's early educational success & achievement (first & second grade) is an introduction to books and being read to at home prior to beginning school.                 (US Dept. of Education, a  Nation at Risk, 1985).

Illiteracy linked directly to crime, poverty & unemployment.

Two thirds of those illiterate are women.             

Illiteracy endangers health. 

Illiteracy fuels crime, racism, ill-health, truancy, unemployment & poverty.

Illiteracy statistics published by the National Assessment of Adult Literacy (NAAL)


Read to Succeed

As the education level of an adult improves, so does their children's success in school.

Helping low-literate adults improve their basic skills has a direct and measurable impact on both the education and quality of life of their children.

Children of adults who participate in literacy programs improve their grades and test scores, improve their reading skills, and are less likely to drop out.    

(National Literacy Action Project 2007-2012  (DRAFT)