In acknowledgement of September as National Literacy Month and the United Nations’ observance of International Literacy Day on Sept. 8, Gov. Nathan Deal has proclaimed Sept. 8 Literacy Action Day and Sept. 15-19 Literacy Action Week for Georgia.
Literacy affects Georgia’s economic development and residents’ quality of life.
Here are some facts about literacy:
• There are more than 1.3 million Georgians over age 25 who don’t have a high-school diploma. Of those, only 5 percent are enrolled in literacy programs.
• Slightly more than 1 in 4 Georgians do not complete high school.
• Every dollar invested in literacy programs returns $30 to the community in the form of reduced recidivism, better public health, engaged parents and knowledgeable workers.
Literacy Action, the largest nonprofit provider of adult basic education in the Southeastern United States, strives to build better futures for undereducated adults by teaching literacy, life and work skills.