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The Five Best Ways to Support Adult Education and Family Literacy During #AEFL Week
Posted by Laura McLoughlin on September 15, 2021 in categoryNewscategoryAdvocacy

National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week (AEFL Week) was founded by the National Coalition for Literacy in 2009. This year, it is being observed from September 19–25. 


This congressionally recognized week aims to draw attention to the importance of adult education and family literacy.  


Here are the five best ways you can support adult education during #AEFL week.  


1. Raise Awareness 

One in six Americans cannot read or write above a third-grade reading level. Low literacy is not often discussed due to social stigma and shame. As a community, we can start the conversation. Discuss the power of adult education and family literacy with your friends and family. You can also share relevant content with your social media connections. Download free posts here www.ProLiteracy.org/AEFL-Week 


2. Bring People Together 

Are you an adult education service provider? With classes getting back into the swing of things this fall, AEFL Week is the perfect time to put together a community event. Organize a special virtual event or webinar, and invite key people from government, businesses, education, and the media to attend and participate. Ask an adult learner to share a testimonial. Rather than holding a formal symposium, consider asking students for creative suggestions for events. For more ideas, you can review ProLiteracy's AEFL Toolkit here www.ProLiteracy.org/AEFL-Week 


3. Volunteer 

Volunteers are vital to the success of students and literacy programs. Volunteers bring optimism and enthusiasm, create positive energy, and share diverse perspectives that lead to enhanced learning outcomes for students. Visit www.NLD.org and find a volunteer opportunity near you. 


4. Donate 

ProLiteracy, the largest nonprofit member-based adult literacy and basic education organization in the nation, believes that a safer, stronger, and more sustainable society starts with an educated adult population. Support adult literacy and donate at www.ProLiteracy.org/Donate. 


5. Read Together as a Family 

A mother's reading skill is the greatest determinant of her children’s future academic success, outweighing other factors, such as neighborhood and family income. Take this week to focus on family literacy and read together. Find age-appropriate book recommendations at www.commonsensemedia.org 





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