Improving Adult Literacy and Numeracy

Improving Adult Literacy and Numeracy


By (author) Northern Ireland: Northern Ireland Audit Office

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  • Publisher: Stationery Office Books
  • Format: Paperback | 62 pages
  • Publication date: 9 December 2009
  • Publication City/Country: Norwich
  • ISBN 10: 033709571X
  • ISBN 13: 9780337095719
  • Illustrations note: col. Illustrations

Product description

An International Adult Literacy Survey, carried out in 1996, showed that around 1 in 4 (some 250,000) people of working age in Northern Ireland had levels of literacy and numeracy below those expected of school leavers. For individuals, the impact can be profound. Research has shown, for example, that they are four times more likely to be unemployed; if they do have a job, it is more likely to be low-skilled and low-paid; and, they are more likely to suffer from ill-health and to be in poor housing. Improving literacy and numeracy skills can deliver a range of benefits, including increased confidence and employability and a much greater engagement with society. This report looks at the problem and covers the following aspects: the scale & nature of the problem; strategies for improving literacy & numeracy; and, increasing participation and achievements & costs.

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