Did You Know? UNESCO estimates that there are more than 774 million nonliterate adults in the world. It sees adult literacy as a basic human right and integral to the solutions for poverty, access to health care, educating children, and human rights abuses.
Literacy Needs in Valencia County: The National Assessment of Adult Literacy of 2003 indicates that one out of every five of Valencia County adults would have difficulty reading a simple newspaper article. The National Adult Literacy Survey (NALS) of 1992 also indicated that 50% read below the level required by most jobs today and 24.2% speak no or only very limited English.
Value of Literacy Instruction: According to one Economic Impact Analysis Project Report, for every dollar spent on Literacy, $33 is returned to the local economy (Kearney, 1999).