The Social Impact
When a child or student struggles with reading and writing, the social impacts are profound and will usually follow them into adulthood. Often, students who struggle with literacy feel ostracised from academia, or find themselves unable to fully participate in society or government. A person who cannot read and write struggles to know their rights, to vote, to find work, to pay bills and to secure housing.
They also may have low self-esteem or feel emotions such as shame, fear and powerlessness, which can often lead to isolation. Former President of the International Literacy Association Bernadette Dwyer said, “Literacy permeates all areas of life, fundamentally shaping how we learn, work, and socialise. Communication and connection are the basis of who we are and how we live together and interact with the world.”