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Adult literacy and numeracy dropping across Britain and America

An OECD study released today highlights disturbing trends in adult literacy and numeracy across 24 industrialized nations. England and the United States scored particularly badly in the tests and the OECD warn of a "shrinking pool of skilled workers."
In the Media by Dawn Denmar - 9 comments

Madhav Chavan wins WISE Prize

Doha - Dr Madhav Chavan has been awarded the 2012 WISE Prize, the world's major prize for education. Chavan was awarded the prize in recognition of his innovative work in bringing literacy and numeracy to India's children.
In the Media by Steve Hayes

Margaret Atwood: Internet is a great literacy driver

Toronto - At the nextMEDIA conference in Toronto on Monday, famed author, poet, and essayist Margaret Atwood talked about the Internet, technology and its connection with literacy.
In the Media by Chanah Rubenstein

Nearly half of Detroit residents can't read

Detroit - A recent study discovered that nearly half of Detroit, Michigan's residents are considered illiterate and cannot even compete in a entry-level job market.
In the Media by Stephanie Medeiros - 1 comment

Many British 11-year-olds have reading skills of 7-year-olds

Many 11-year-olds in England are moving into their new secondary schools with the reading abilities of 7-year-olds, according to data obtained by the BBC.
In the Media by Andrew John

Toronto celebrates Literacy Month

On Wednesday Toronto's Mayor David Miller proclaimed September as Literacy Month celebrating the right to read and write.
In the Media by KJ Mullins - 1 comment

Op-Ed: Literacy vs. Internet- Mixed signals from reality rev up debate

It’s hard to tell whether the seemingly endless snubbing of the internet by literati is credible or simply self serving. The moral high ground of literature is often surprisingly close to sea level.
In the Media by Paul Wallis - 1 comment

Edinburgh's Saughton Prison Library wins major industry award

Edinburgh - Less than two years after it was opened in a purpose built extension of Edinburgh's Saughton Prison, the prison library has won a major industry award.
In the Media by Gemma Fox - 2 comments

UK schools set to get free books from Everyone's Reading campaign

Secondary schools in the UK have been given a bonus by the Department for Children, Schools and Families and the School Library Association. Each school in the nation will be given 15 free books.
In the Media by KJ Mullins - 3 comments

Report finds one in five Scots have poor literacy skills

The Literacy Commission, set up to tackle literacy problems in Scottish schools has found that one in five Scots are unable to read or write properly.
In the Media by Gemma Fox
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