A recent report from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) revealed that nearly 46 percent of adult Prince Edward Islanders, and 48 percent of all adult Canadians, are unable to read with sufficient fluency to function in today’s information-loaded society.
Shocking, isn’t it? That means that nearly half the population lacks a skill essential to modern life.
The Rotary Literacy Foundation seeks to address this issue. Although we formerly disbursed small grants, the Foundation decided to strategically address adult literacy in the workplace. Why? Aside from the benefits to an individual who learns to read at a higher level, businesses suffer from lower productivity and risk of accidents and injuries when employees cannot read and understand instructions.
What is the Foundation?
The Rotary Literacy Foundation was formed in 2006 and incorporated under the PEI Companies Act as a non-profit company and a Registered Charity under the Canada Revenue Agency. The Foundation is a partnership of:
- Rotary Club of Charlottetown Inc.
- Province of Prince Edward Island and
- Prince Edward Island Literacy Alliance.