#InfographicFriday is a blog series where we share an interesting infographic related to literacy and education on one Friday every month.
This week is Adult Education and Family Literacy Week (AEFL Week). AEFL Week is organized annually to increase public awareness of the vital role adult education and family literacy plays in improving our country’s economy.
In celebration of AEFL Week, adult education and literacy programs across the country are holding events. Many programs and advocates are also sharing facts and stories on social media in an effort to spread awareness about our nation’s literacy issue and the effect it has on other important social issues.
The infographic below, developed by Digital Promise, details survey results of a study conducted by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s Program for International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC). The infographic illustrates how the U.S. lags behind other countries in literacy, numeracy, and digital literacy.
One of the more alarming facts shown on the infographic is that many adults with low literacy skills are actually high school graduates. In the U.S., 63% of adults with low literacy earn low wages and lack the skills necessary to advance their careers. Additionally, children of parents with low literacy skills have a72% chance of being at the lowest reading levels themselves.
Statistics like these underscore the importance of adult education and family literacy on families in the U.S. and abroad. Become an advocate and add your voice to the thousands of adult literacy advocates. Together we can become a larger voice for literacy.
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