The Literacy Crisis
Literacy is a basic human right.
Yet, 46% of working-aged Islanders don’t have the literacy skills needed to succeed in our digital world. (PIAAC 2012)
And, 40% of kindergarten-aged children in PEI who completed the Early Years Evaluation did not meet the developmental milestones in at least one of the five skill areas. (2017 Children’s Report)
And, 1200 Island children in grades K to 6 were referred to us by resource teachers this year because they were struggling with reading, writing and/or math.
We are determined to change these statistics
Thank you partners and donors for supporting our work.
Together we are helping children, families and adults in need.
A special thank-you to the Province of PEI
for operational funding of $200,000 annually
(April 2018 to March 31 2020)
books in the home can have a positive impact on a child’s academic success later in life, and the more you add, the greater the impact.
elementary-aged children are referred to our Ready Set Learn Program every year because they struggle in school.
of working-aged Islanders lack the skills necessary to participate fully in a knowledge economy (PIAAC 2012).
“Books are a uniquely portable magic.”Stephen King
“I learned that I am smart and that if I try hard, I can do it.”
Grade 2 Ready Set Learn Program Participant
“I learned to read at the age of 63. I realized I could not read enough to help my children with their homework. This realization brought me pain and shame the most. I gave up on many things because there was a form to complete or a complaint to write or instructions to read. I had not fooled everyone and it was a relief to admit it. For two years, twice a week, we [Free Literacy Tutor and Terry] met and I could see the change in myself. Old hurts from past experiences will remain but overcoming them has been a blessing. I am no longer afraid of a piece of paper with words on it and most of all, I enjoy reading very much.”
Terry Affleck, 65