Thursday, June 15, 2017

Dr. Shlomy Kattan Speaks About Adult Literacy :: Do Good Podcast

Dr. Shlomy Kattan Speaks About Adult Literacy

Shlomy reveals how big of an issue adult low literacy.  He discusses both the profound societal effects of adult literacy and the devastating toll it takes on those who have to cope with it.  He discusses what is happening in the public and private sectors to alleviate it and the associated challenges.

This is a fascinating conversation about an issue that does not get a lot of press yet affects millions of adults in this country and across the world.

Adult Literacy Overview
Globally, there are more than 780 million adults who lack basic literacy skills - that is 1 in 6 adults around the world.

In the United States, it is 36 million adults, which comes out to be 15% of the adult population.  The United States ranks in the bottom third out the countries in the OECD in adult literacy levels. Half of the county reads at or below and 8th grade level.

What are the causes of adult low literacy?
Number 1 internationally is access to education.  There are 60 million children that have no access to education and 260 million children that have very limited access to education.

Dr. Shlomy Kattan, Senior Director of the Barbara Bush Foundation Adult Literacy XPRIZE and co-host of The Do Good Podcast speaks about adult literacy.  LISTEN

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