Facts & Figures

In Canada

  • 22% of adult Canadians have serious problems dealing with printed materials.
  • About 45% of new Canadian jobs created in this decade will require at least 16 years of education.
  • Canadians with the lowest level of literacy skills have an unemployment rate of 26% compared to 4% for Canadians with the highest literacy levels.
  • Nearly 1.4 million Canadian children 15 years of age and younger are living in low-income homes. 34% of children from the lowest income families do not complete their high school education.
  • 60% of Canadians on social assistance have not completed high school.
  • 42% of Native Canadians do not graduate from high school, compared to 22% in the non-native population.
  • Almost three-quarters of 626 Canadian companies surveyed feel that they have a significant problem with functional literacy in some part of their organization.
  • Only 10% of Canadians see illiteracy as part of our economic problems.

Around the World

ACTLAP programs include:

  • Youth Computer Literacy (Training, Events, Research and Development etc.)
  • Drop-Off
  • Computers for ACTLAP Campaign
  • The ACTLAP STRIVE program
  • Fundraising
  • ACTLAP food Program through (A.C.F.)
  • An estimated 875 million adults are illiterate worldwide. Nearly two-thirds of them are women.
  • In 1969, the year man took his first step on the moon, 4 out of 5 women in Africa could not read or write. It is estimated that today nearly half of all African women are still illiterate.
  • More than 100 million children, including at least 60 million girls, have no access to primary schooling.
  • Since 1985, there are more female students enrolled in higher education than male students in most industrialized countries. In contrast, in the world's least developed countries, only 1 in 4 students of higher education are women.
  • UN studies consistently show that all countries that have successfully reduced their population growth rate have one factor in common — a high female literacy rate.
  • In the world women represent 94% of pre-primary school teachers, 58% of primary school teachers and 48% of secondary school teachers.
  • In most developing countries on average, 33% of public spending on education benefits the richest fifth of the population, while only 13% of education spending benefits the poorest fifth.

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