Learning and Work Institute mark International Literacy Day

8th September 2016

Learning and Work Institute is marking International Literacy Day today [September 8th, 2016] with a reminder on the importance of literacy in improving life chances.

International Literacy Day, which was first proclaimed by UNESCO fifty years ago, is close to the heart of Learning and Work Institute as its predecessor, NIACE, was part of the group that initially set up the day to promote literacy as an empowerment tool.

Stephen Evans, who started as Learning and Work Institute’s CEO this week, said that boosting literacy remains central to Learning and Work Institute’s ethos:

“Just a few days ago I was presenting our report on how boosting literacy, along with other life skills, is essential in tackling poverty.  Some 9 million adults in the UK have low literacy, numeracy or both, limiting their choices and opportunities.

“Boosting literacy is something our learning providers do every day, but more is needed to tackle poverty, increase employment and develop social mobility.

“Learning and Work Institute is proud to have a 50 year association with International Literacy Day as the drive to boost skills and opportunities is as important today as it has always been”.

Learning and Work Institute is calling for a Citizens’ Skills Entitlement to ensure that, by 2030, all adults have the literacy skills they need.