Imagine for a moment, if you can, if you were unable to use a computer because you could not read. If you were unable to fill out a form, apply for a job, read a novel, read a menu, drive a car, decipher a bus timetable, follow directions or protect your children from harm because you cannot read a label.
According to UNICEF, nearly a billion people entered the 21st century unable to read a book or sign their names.
Two-thirds of them are women.
Two-thirds of children who are illiterate at age ten, end up on welfare or in prison. There is an undeniable link between literacy and employability.
People with the lowest levels of literacy are the least likely to be employed.
With almost 7 billion people on the planet, 1/6th of humanity is classified as illiterate.
The impact of illiteracy affects every community, every justice system and every economy in every country.
At Kip McGrath, we steadfastly believe that every child deserves the right to read, write and calculate well enough to choose their future. Through the use of great programmes, individually customised learning programmes, motivated and skilled teachers; we are making a tremendous difference in the world today. The difference can be enormously increased by the help of the public sector. We estimate 70% of students who need remedial help cannot afford it.