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  • Basic Reading & Writing SkillsInformation Literacy: Ability to know when there is a need for information, to be able to identify, locate, evaluate, and effectively use that information for the issue or problem at hand.Numeracy Literacy: Numeracy skills consist of comprehending fundamental mathematics like addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.Computer Literacy: Ability to use technology efficiently, with a range of skills covering levels from elementary use to programming and advanced problem solving.Two Primary:Basic: Ability to Read & WriteFunctional: Ability to operate day-to-day tasks
  • Level 1 Literacy: Locate expiration on driver’s license (CAN) / Locate an intersection on a street map (CANNOT) (20%)Level 2 Literacy: Determine price between two tickets (CAN) / Write a short letter explaining a billing error (CANNOT) (27%)Level 3 Literacy: Use a bus schedule to get to a destination by a specific time (CAN) / Explain the difference between two types of employee benefits (CANNOT)
  • Level 1 Literacy: Locate expiration on driver’s license (CAN) / Locate an intersection on a street map (CANNOT) (20%)Level 2 Literacy: Determine price between two tickets (CAN) / Write a short letter explaining a billing error (CANNOT) (27%)Level 3 Literacy: Use a bus schedule to get to a destination by a specific time (CAN) / Explain the difference between two types of employee benefits (CANNOT)
  • Our jobs have increased in technical requirements & our education system hasn’t caught up.We have 50 different types of education systems.
  • Funded by U.S. Dept. of Education, Office of Vocational and Adult Education, Division of Adult Education and Literacy
  • Funded by U.S. Dept. of Education, Office of Vocational and Adult Education, Division of Adult Education and Literacy
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    • 1. Literacy & Education THE BEAUTIFUL THING ABOUT LEARNING IS THAT NO ONE CAN TAKE IT AWAY FROM YOU. –B.B. KING
    • 2. What is Literacy? LETS GET TO THE WORDS OF IT.
    • 3. A Snapshot. • Over ‘30’ Literacy Types recognized. • Top Four – Basic Reading & Writing Skills – Information Literacy – Numeracy Literacy – Computer / Technological Literacy • Two Primary Literacy Segments – Basic Reading & Writing Literacy – Functional Literacy
    • 4. The State of Literacy: The Problem. OUR WORLD.
    • 5. More than 793 million adults around the world cannot read.
    • 6. Females account for 2 of 3 illiterate adults, making gender equality even harder to achieve.
    • 7. In countries with literacy below 40%, per capital income is estimated at $600 per year.
    • 8. Illiteracy costs the global economy more than $1 trillion a year through lost job opportunities and the costs of unemployment and ill health… … costs China $136 billion per year. … costs United States $300 billion per year. … costs Sudan $486 million per year. … costs Bandgladesh $1.4 billion per year.
    • 9. The State of Literacy: The Problem. OUR NATION.
    • 10. An estimated 32 million adults, of 1 in 7, are challenged with low literacy rates.
    • 11. The US Department of Education found, 41% to 44% of U.S. adults in the lowest level on the literacy scale are living in poverty.
    • 12. An estimated 63% of Prison Inmates score in the lowest levels of literacy.
    • 13. The average literacy score of native- born adults ranked 10th of 17 high-income countries.
    • 14. There have been no improvements in literacy rates since 1993.
    • 15. The State of Literacy: The Problem. OUR COUNTY. OUR CITY. OUR LIVES.
    • 16. 53 % of Los Angeles working-age population, or 3.8 million people, have low literacy skills.
    • 17. 166,000 of Long Beach adults are estimated to have below-working standard literacy rates. This equals 1 in 3 adults.
    • 18. Last year, Long Beach unified experienced a drop-out rate of 14.7%, or nearly 1,000 students.
    • 19. Lack of writing & math preparation into California’s higher education costs the state up to $14 billion a year.
    • 20. Solving Illiteracy: The Solution. OUR WORLD.
    • 21. An African Explorer & Words. Bringing Books to over 33 poor African countries.
    • 22. Kingsley Holgate, African Adventures Funded by Rotary Foundation • African Explorer, Kingsley Holgate • Partnership with 16 US & African Rotary Clubs. • Distributed ‘mobile libraries’ of 19 containers with 950,000 books around Rim of African Countries. • Containers converted into classrooms, medical clinics, libraries.
    • 23. Job Skills for the unskilled. Providing opportunities to address India’s educational quality.
    • 24. EduBridge India, Funded by the Acumen Fund • Over 180 million unskilled students in India. • India faces critical shortages in skilled labor, despite 2 million monthly job seekers. • For 90 USD, students enter placement program catering to students with diplomas. • Program guarantees job placement. • Students will typically be first formally employees in family and earn salaries up to 110 USD per month.
    • 25. Solving Illiteracy: The Solution. OUR NATION.
    • 26. Dolly Parton: Bringing words to youth. Partnership with Rotary to help bring over 40,000,000 books to children internationally.
    • 27. Imagination Library Dolly Parton Foundation • Rotary Club sponsorship has brought the program to over 300 communities. • Each month, Imagination Library mails an age- appropriate book to the children in the program. • 85% of families in program read to their children every day. • There are over 700,000 children enrolled in the ‘Imagination Library’ today.
    • 28. An online portal for learning. Providing free access to education for literacy challenged Americans.
    • 29. USA Learns U.S. Department of Education • Promotes programs helping adults get basic skills they need. • Major areas are Basic Education, Secondary Education and ESL skills. • Provides stories and challenges for participants to work through to build skills. • Some topics include from Going Places, Money, Housing, Health and Working.
    • 30. Solving Illiteracy: The Solution. OUR COUNTY. OUR CITY. OUR LIVES.
    • 31. Rotary helps young readers in local schools. Provided over 150,000 library books to students in local schools.
    • 32. Reading by Nine Rotary Long Beach • Since 1999, Long Beach Rotary has provided over 150,000 books to local students and 62 school elementary school libraries. • Over 275,000 has been contributed by Long Beach Rotary to the Reading by Nine Program. • Volunteers regularly visit local Long Beach schools to read books to children that were provided by the donations cited.
    • 33. Learning together: A family literacy program. Providing Long Beach families the opportunity to learn.
    • 34. Toyota Family Literacy Program, Long Beach, CA • Enables adults with children 1 to 8 to enroll in education alongside their children. • A variety of programs provide opportunities for dedicated, interactive and vocational adult education. • Adults in program: 73% of participants are at or below the poverty level, 61% have not passed 9th grade. • Children in program: 91% improvement in grades, in comparison with classmates • 90% program retention rate (compared to 50% drop-out rate nationally). • Noted as flagship model for Adult Literacy Program.
    • 35. Achieving Literacy: The Opportunity. OUR RESPONSIBILITY.
    • 36. What is next…?