Importance of literacy in national development
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Role of Literacy in National Development
Literacy is critical to economic development as well as individual and community well-being. Consequently, there is a growing mismatch between the skills that employers need and the skills that workers have. This discrepancy leads to high unemployment coupled with a high job vacancy rate. Our provincial government has stressed that if we do not address our skill shortages, BC will face an ever greater labour crisis. Soon, there will be more jobs than workers.
One of the ways in which Plan International UK aims to improve global literacy statistics is by focusing on the importance of education , particularly in communities where opportunities to develop literacy skills are less available to girls. Lacking basic reading and writing skills is a tremendous disadvantage. The positive knock-on effect of educating girls can be seen in the wider social and economic benefits yielded for their communities. Improving literacy facilitates employment whereby both males and females can contribute, helping the wider economy and community to thrive. Those without education are more likely to be vulnerable to health problems, for example increased schooling reduces the risk of HIV infection. Infant mortality rates drop significantly for women who have had primary education, and even more for those who complete secondary school. This is because girls and women are able to educate themselves on health issues, which can help reduce the cycle of poverty and mortality rates in the long term.
Reading specialists and educators have long known that literacy - the ability to read and write - is tied to everything we do and that connections in social situations and practices are very important in developing literacy skills in children. Today, literacy is evolving into much more than the ability to read a newspaper and the latest bestseller. For many teachers and students, it is also about being intellectually, culturally, and electronically capable. In the workplace, it may mean being proficient in several computer programs, knowing how to research and solve complex problems, or handling multiple projects. From navigating the Internet to making health care-related decisions, literacy is evolving.
Why we all need to start reading aloud to our kids - Keisha Siriboe - TEDxWanChai