...the ability to read and write so that you can earn and maintain gainful employment
Did You Know..
According to UNESCO,
Less than one-half of all adults are literate in the following ten countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Chad, Ethiopia, Gambia, Guinea, Mali, Niger, Senegal and Sierra Leone.
"But," you say – "those are third-world countries, and what does that have to do with me?"
According to the World Literacy Foundation, over 120 million children who do not have the opportunity to go to school. Without the opportunity to access formal education a large number of these children will face a bleak future.
Reading - a privilege and a right
Privilege. You can still consider that fact as something that has nothing at all to do with you, or you can look at the ability to read and write as a privilege.
Make the most of what you have, of the opportunities
you have in your own community, and learn as much as you can because you
Learning to read and write
You are illiterate if your abilities in reading and writing prevent you from gaining meaningful employment. You may be unable to read and write, or you may be able to read a few words and write a few words. But still, you cannot hold a job because you cannot read and write well enough.
Reading is necessary for safety.
Consider a sign warning you of danger.
Consider a manual of procedures.
you wish to be able to accomplish a specific task – whether at home or
for your job – you need to be able to follow those instructions and
learn and improve.
Writing. Writing goes along with reading.
You need to be able to
The ability to function well applies not only to writing English but also to mathematics.
An ability with numbers. The term also applies to one’s ability with arithmetic and mathematics.
You say you don’t need math?
Consider the construction site.
Construction sites may be able to hire on employees who may have only basic skills, but who are willing to work hard and learn.
Literacy is an essential skill.
Many basic jobs require literacy – a good ability in reading and writing and also a good ability with figures.
So, get started. Learn your English language. Learn to read and write. And don’t be afraid of mathematics because your success depends on your literacy!
Focus on success.