Northwest Territories Literacy Council

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Adult Literacy and Essential Skills

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Why is Adult Literacy Important?

Approximately 42% of adults in the NWT aged 16 to 65 have literacy levels below the level they need to function in today’s society.

This is the same as the Canadian average, but it means 4 out of 10 people face literacy challenges. The gap between the literacy levels of the Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal populations is significant. Approximately 69% of the Aboriginal population has low literacy compared to 30% of the non-Aboriginal population.

Considering these numbers, adult literacy and adult education programs are of vital importance in the NWT. People with low literacy skills have a fundamental right to have opportunities to return to school to improve their literacy skills.

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