One in every six Georgian adults is illiterate
One in every six Georgian adults is illiterate – that’s 1.7 million people in Georgia. About 63 percent of third graders cannot read at grade level. The Georgia Literacy Commission tells us that many of these students will not graduate from high school. According to Georgia Baptist Literacy Missions, two-thirds of students who do not read proficiently by the end of fourth grade will likely end up in jail or be on welfare.
63% of third graders cannot read at grade level
Just last year, there were 820,000 Georgians who did not qualify for jobs that required a high school diploma as a result of their literacy skills. Low literate adults are also 28 percent less likely to have healthcare coverage and 40 percent more likely to be unemployed.
We will bring literacy support to schools
To help improve the literacy rate in Georgia, we will identify opportunities to bring literacy volunteers and programs to schools with struggling students. We will call upon our churches to take simple steps of encouragement and support for our teachers, who are on the frontline of education.