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Thursday, 4th December 2014

UK: Vision for Literacy 2025

Source: National Literacy Trust (UK)

A vision of a literate nation:

The UK is the only economically developed country where 16 to 24-year-olds have the lowest literacy skills of any age group in society. In England 14.9% of adults aged 16-65 lack functional literacy skills. This equates to 5.1 million people.

The UK’s literacy gap undermines our economic competitiveness and sustainability. It creates obstacles to fairness across society. It is at the heart of economic and cultural inequalities and is creating a divided society. We cannot afford to allow this to continue. We must act now.

The challenge is intergenerational and closely linked to poverty. Up to 40% of the adult population in the UK’s most deprived wards lack the literacy skills expected of an 11-year-old.

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Having begun his career in academic libraries, Adrian Janes has subsequently worked extensively in public libraries, chiefly in enquiry work as an Information Services librarian. In this role he has had particular responsibility for information from both the UK Government and the European Union. He wrote a detailed report on sources for the latter which was published by FreePint in 2007, and has contributed articles to FreePint and ResourceShelf. He is involved in training in information literacy and the use of online reference resources.

A Contributing Editor to DocuTicker, he also write reviews for Pennyblackmusic.

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