Literacy & Education
THE BEAUTIFUL THING ABOUT LEARNING IS THAT NO
ONE CAN TAKE IT AWAY FROM YOU. –B.B. KING
What is Literacy?
LETS GET TO THE WORDS OF IT.
A Snapshot.
• Over ‘30’ Literacy Types recognized.
• Top Four
– Basic Reading & Writing Skills
– Information Literacy
– Nu...
The State of Literacy: The Problem.
OUR WORLD.
More than 793 million
adults around the
world cannot read.
Females account for 2 of 3
illiterate adults, making
gender equality even
harder to achieve.
In countries with literacy
below 40%, per capital
income is estimated at
$600 per year.
Illiteracy costs the global economy more than $1 trillion a year
through lost job opportunities and the costs of
unemploym...
The State of Literacy: The Problem.
OUR NATION.
An estimated 32 million
adults, of 1 in 7, are
challenged with low
literacy rates.
The US Department of Education found,
41% to 44% of U.S. adults in the
lowest level on the literacy
scale are living in po...
An estimated 63% of Prison
Inmates score in the lowest
levels of literacy.
The average literacy score of native-
born adults ranked 10th of 17
high-income countries.
There have been no improvements
in literacy rates since 1993.
The State of Literacy: The Problem.
OUR COUNTY. OUR CITY. OUR LIVES.
53 % of Los Angeles working-age
population, or 3.8 million people,
have low literacy skills.
166,000 of Long Beach adults are
estimated to have below-working
standard literacy rates.
This equals 1 in 3 adults.
Last year, Long Beach unified
experienced a drop-out rate
of 14.7%, or nearly 1,000
students.
Lack of writing & math
preparation into California’s
higher education costs the
state up to $14 billion a
year.
Solving Illiteracy: The Solution.
OUR WORLD.
An African
Explorer &
Words.
Bringing Books to over 33
poor African countries.
Kingsley Holgate, African Adventures
Funded by Rotary Foundation
• African Explorer, Kingsley
Holgate
• Partnership with 1...
Job Skills for
the unskilled.
Providing opportunities to
address India’s educational
quality.
EduBridge
India, Funded by the Acumen Fund
• Over 180 million unskilled
students in India.
• India faces critical shortage...
Solving Illiteracy: The Solution.
OUR NATION.
Dolly Parton:
Bringing
words to
youth.
Partnership with Rotary to
help bring over 40,000,000
books to children
internation...
Imagination Library
Dolly Parton Foundation
• Rotary Club sponsorship has
brought the program to over 300
communities.
• E...
An online
portal for
learning.
Providing free access to
education for literacy
challenged Americans.
USA Learns
U.S. Department of Education
• Promotes programs helping
adults get basic skills they need.
• Major areas are B...
Solving Illiteracy: The Solution.
OUR COUNTY. OUR CITY. OUR LIVES.
Rotary helps
young readers
in local
schools.
Provided over 150,000
library books to students in
local schools.
Reading by Nine
Rotary Long Beach
• Since 1999, Long Beach Rotary
has provided over 150,000 books
to local students and 62...
Learning
together: A
family
literacy
program.
Providing Long Beach
families the opportunity to
learn.
Toyota Family Literacy Program,
Long Beach, CA
• Enables adults with children 1 to 8 to
enroll in education alongside thei...
Achieving Literacy: The Opportunity.
OUR RESPONSIBILITY.
What is next…?
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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
  • Literacy & education

    1. 1. Literacy & Education THE BEAUTIFUL THING ABOUT LEARNING IS THAT NO ONE CAN TAKE IT AWAY FROM YOU. –B.B. KING
    2. 2. What is Literacy? LETS GET TO THE WORDS OF IT.
    3. 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. 4. The State of Literacy: The Problem. OUR WORLD.
    5. 5. More than 793 million adults around the world cannot read.
    6. 6. Females account for 2 of 3 illiterate adults, making gender equality even harder to achieve.
    7. 7. In countries with literacy below 40%, per capital income is estimated at $600 per year.
    8. 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. 9. The State of Literacy: The Problem. OUR NATION.
    10. 10. An estimated 32 million adults, of 1 in 7, are challenged with low literacy rates.
    11. 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. 12. An estimated 63% of Prison Inmates score in the lowest levels of literacy.
    13. 13. The average literacy score of native- born adults ranked 10th of 17 high-income countries.
    14. 14. There have been no improvements in literacy rates since 1993.
    15. 15. The State of Literacy: The Problem. OUR COUNTY. OUR CITY. OUR LIVES.
    16. 16. 53 % of Los Angeles working-age population, or 3.8 million people, have low literacy skills.
    17. 17. 166,000 of Long Beach adults are estimated to have below-working standard literacy rates. This equals 1 in 3 adults.
    18. 18. Last year, Long Beach unified experienced a drop-out rate of 14.7%, or nearly 1,000 students.
    19. 19. Lack of writing & math preparation into California’s higher education costs the state up to $14 billion a year.
    20. 20. Solving Illiteracy: The Solution. OUR WORLD.
    21. 21. An African Explorer & Words. Bringing Books to over 33 poor African countries.
    22. 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. 23. Job Skills for the unskilled. Providing opportunities to address India’s educational quality.
    24. 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. 25. Solving Illiteracy: The Solution. OUR NATION.
    26. 26. Dolly Parton: Bringing words to youth. Partnership with Rotary to help bring over 40,000,000 books to children internationally.
    27. 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. 28. An online portal for learning. Providing free access to education for literacy challenged Americans.
    29. 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. 30. Solving Illiteracy: The Solution. OUR COUNTY. OUR CITY. OUR LIVES.
    31. 31. Rotary helps young readers in local schools. Provided over 150,000 library books to students in local schools.
    32. 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. 33. Learning together: A family literacy program. Providing Long Beach families the opportunity to learn.
    34. 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. 35. Achieving Literacy: The Opportunity. OUR RESPONSIBILITY.
    36. 36. What is next…?

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