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30 million US adults can’t read better than a 5th grader. Tell Congress to fund literacy programs:  #fight4literacy

$ DropOverall funding for literacy programs dropped 6 percent
in 2011.

Meanwhile, 74 percent of these programs have a student waiting list.

See more facts about the adult literacy crisis

Join our Fight for a More Literate Society

Our worldwide political action network advocates for adult literacy initiatives on a local, national, and global level. With your help, we can raise our voices even louder, and create a world where literacy is recognized as a human right for every person, everywhere.


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Tell the U.S. Congress to make adult literacy a priority.

The House Full Committee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs has called on the Administration to make basic education a “core development objective.” Urge the full U.S. Senate to uphold this new designation and to approve the committee’s recommendation for $800 million in funding for basic education.


Contact your Senators now -- Use these Adult Literacy Talking Points to craft your message!


Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

The Workforce Investment Act (WIA) of 1998 was reauthorized in July 2014 as the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).

ProLiteracy supports WIOA as a crucial step toward getting Americans back to work by reinvesting in the adult literacy and basic education field. Please read ProLiteracy's factsheet for information about how it impacts the adult literacy field.

ProLiteracy’s Survey on Student Enrollment

ProLiteracy created a report based on a 2014 survey of its members on student enrollment and impact on federal funding. The report focuses on issues that pose barriers to local programs in serving low-level learners and acquiring federal and state funding to serve that population. It includes recommendations to ensure that low-level learners and the programs that serve them are included in any future funding and policy decisions adopted by federal and state governments.


D.C.Urge Representatives to join the House Adult Literacy Caucus.

The first bi-partisan Congressional Adult Literacy Caucus is drawing national attention to the issue of adult literacy. The caucus educates policymakers on the benefits of literacy, from building a healthier society to getting more people back to work.

Urge your U.S. Representative to join the caucus


Our Global Literacy Efforts

ProLiteracy partners with multinational public policy groups to create a strong, unified voice for global adult literacy and basic education. Together, we urge international policymakers to advance legislation and policies that support literacy programs around the world. Beyond this global advocacy agenda, ProLiteracy collaborates with selected partner networks to generate active leadership to advance targeted district or national policies and legislation. These in-country advocacy agendas emerge from compelling needs and themes expressed by local learners and leaders.

Our Impact

Advocacy means “being a voice.” Just as our member programs help adult learners find their voice through the written word, ProLiteracy members themselves are also a voice promoting adult literacy as an important social and political concern, both in the U.S. and around the world.

Decisions about funding, eligibility for programs, GED testing fees, or whether tutors will be required to have a degree are often in the hands of state and national leaders and will have an effect on our ability to deliver on our mission.

With the help of our advocates in Washington, D.C. and across the U.S., ProLiteracy has:

  • Kept federal appropriations for adult literacy funding level, even in difficult budget years.
  • Embedded literacy into other existing federal programs like public health, financial education, and corrections.
  • Helped form the first U.S. House Caucus on Adult Literacy.
  • Formed the first Student Advisory Council to develop the leadership skills of adult learners.


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