Copyright 2016 Darcie Taylor
A 1% increase in the literacy rate would generate $18 Billion in economic growth every year. Investment in literacy programming has a 241% return.   Literacy is much more then reading and writing; it is an essential skill that is the foundation for future learning. It is about people’s ability to participate in everyday activities like banking, reading a safety manual, reviewing a child’s report card and acquiring new skills to keep or to change jobs. Education isn’t just about letters and numbers it’s about learning. Literacy has no color or race and affects every generation. Investments in foundation skills would lead to an improvement in livelihood, levels of health, increased productivity, reduced social costs and higher growth participation in community decision-making and early childhood development. The percentage of child development appropriately in all five areas varies a great deal from one community to another in Alberta. According to the EM Mapping Project for Lac La Biche, Alberta, 67% of children under the age of 6 are experiencing difficulty in one or more areas of their development. What is the percentage in your community or the community you grew up in? In Canada, 42% of adults between the ages of 16 and 65 have low literacy skills; 55% of working age adults are estimated to have less than adequate health literacy skills; 35% of working age Albertans do not have the literacy skills they need to reach their own potential in our increasingly knowledge-based economy; and 4 in 10 Canadians don’t have the literacy skills they need to meet ever-increasing demands of knowledge-based society. Community Involvement. Literacy is also key to community involvement and is key to creating citizens who are interested and want to take part in society. Governments now often look for input from citizens before they develop new public policies. Empowering citizens with higher literacy skills allows greater opportunity for participation in civic decision-making, resulting in safer, healthier, and more vibrant communities in which we can equally thrive. WE ARE ALL PART OF THE LITERACY SOLUTION! Thank you for making our children’s well-being a priority. My little Red Wagon donates $1 per book and $5 per wagon kit sold from our website to My Little Red Wagon Learning Fund. Donations will can be divided into different sections to be shared with specially selected successful schools or organizations on an annual basis. No value of the total amount will be set at this time. To send a school or organization recommendation for a chance to win a My Little Red Wagon Learning Fund, please send a recommendation letter to  Open date for sending in letters starts April 1 of every year, due June 1 and a decision will be made no later then June 25 of every year.    Alberta Literacy  Darcie Taylor  The Alberta Literacy and Life Skills Survey (IALSS, 2003, 2005)  Literacy Statistics Canada WE ARE ALL PART OF THE LITERACY SOLUTION
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