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Budget Update: Big News for Adult Literacy Programs
Posted by Peter Waite on February 09, 2018 in categoryNewscategoryAdvocacy


Early this morning, Congress passed a budget extension that includes a two year agreement to raise the budget caps on both defense and non-defense spending. This bill was signed by the president and will now be the basis for the development of a final 2018 budget and will provide the budgetary blueprint for a 2019 federal budget.

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Nigeria Comes Face to Face with a HUGE Literacy Crisis
Posted by Jennifer Vecchiarelli on February 08, 2018 in categoryFacts & ResearchcategoryStories from the Field


Drug abuse, malpractice, cultism, communal clashes, terrorism, and various criminal acts such as armed robbery, human trafficking, kidnapping, and juvenile delinquency, are all on the rise in Nigeria. And the country’s minister of education, Adamu Adamu, correlates this state of affairs with illiteracy.

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A Volunteer’s Perspective: Taking Teaching Off The Bucket List
Posted by Jennifer Vecchiarelli on February 06, 2018 in categoryStudent Stories


Each month, we will share the stories of inspirational and hard-working adult literacy volunteers. The individuals who volunteer their time to teach adults to read are helping to change the world one learner at a time.

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Trump says "let's invest in workforce development and job training."
Posted by Peter Waite on January 31, 2018 in categoryNewscategoryAdvocacy


The recent State of the Union address by President Trump contained several references to issues vital to adult literacy programs. For the first time in many years the speech specifically called out the importance of supporting “workforce development and job training.”

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4 Cold Hard Facts About Health Literacy
Posted by Jennifer Vecchiarelli on January 30, 2018 in categoryFacts & Research


Only 12 percent of adults in the United States have a high level of health literacy, according to the National Assessment of Adult Literacy. In other words, nearly nine out of 10 adults lack the skills needed to fully manage their health care and prevent disease. These adults are more likely to report their health as poor, and are more likely to lack health insurance.

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