The Washington DC metropolitan region is one of the nation’s highest-skilled economies. By 2018, 71 percent of all jobs in the District of Columbia will require at least some training beyond high school. Despite this, 62,000 adult DC residents never received a high school diploma or general equivalency degree (GED) and even more need to upgrade their basic English, math and computer literacy skills. Reggie, in the video below, was in that position.
Strategies for addressing literacy issues in the DC region will be highlighted during this week’s Adult Education and Family Literacy Week, September 22-22, 2014. The purpose of the week, which is celebrated nationwide, is to raise awareness of adult education and family literacy issues, provide critical information to stakeholders and policy-makers, and advocate for increased access to relevant programs. A wide coalition of community nonprofits who provide adult education services and their partners will host three events in DC as well as an essay contest for adult learners.
The theme for the week’s events, “Making Connections”, underscores the idea that adult literacy impacts many areas of the community including health, children’s education, workforce development, transportation, social services and more. Key leaders and policy-makers will be part of the following events:
Understanding the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act
Monday, September 22, 2014
800 17th St NW
Advocacy Day and Adult Education Panel
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
10:00 am-1:00 pm
1350 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
DC-AFLC Big Tent Meeting
Friday, September 26th
Thurgood Marshall Center
1816 12th Street NW
Low-literacy is a root cause of poverty, homelessness, and other social challenges our region faces. Adult basic education and family literacy programs provide the crucial bridge for adults to increase their skills and begin to break the cycle of poverty.
For more information, please contact:
Adult & Family Literacy Coalition
Adult Education & Family Literacy Awareness Group