It's National Adult Education and Family Literacy (AEFL) Week, now through September 28. And it’s time to show your support for adult literacy!
AEFL Week was started by the National Coalition for Literacy (NCL) to raise significant public awareness about the need for and the value of adult education and family literacy. The goal each year is to leverage resources that support access to basic education programs for the 43 million adults in the U.S. with low literacy skills and elevate the visibility of adult education with policymakers, funders, the media, and the public.
As a focus for AEFL Week 2019, ProLiteracy will be working closely with NCL, of which ProLiteracy is a member, to focus on the 2020 Census in an effort to ensure a complete and accurate count of adults with low literacy skills and their families. Adult learners and their families are at a high risk of being undercounted.
It is so important for adult literacy programs to educate learners about the census and prepare them to complete it. The census determines allocation of congressional seats and more than $800 billion annually in funding to support critical programs such as health care, education, housing, and much more.
ProLiteracy will continue to keep programs apprised of ways to promote #AEFLWeek and how they can gain access to resources to prepare learners for the census.