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CEFS Open House
On September 8, the world will mark the 47th annual International Literacy Day to remind us all that reading, writing, and basic math remain an elusive target for nearly 800 million adults around the globe and about 2.2 million adults in Illinois. As part of a national network of organizations that work to end the adult literacy crisis, C. E. F. S. has volunteer tutors in Christian, Clay, Effingham, Fayette, Montgomery, Moultrie, and Shelby counties in Illinois.
According to ProLiteracy, the largest membership organization advancing the cause of adult literacy and basic education in the nation, more than 36 million adults in the U. S. lack the most basic
In the United States, "About one in six adults is not literate, and approximately 67.4 million school-aged children are not enrolled in school," said Susan Wilson, C. E. F. S. Literacy Coordinator for Adult and Family Literacy. "In our seven-county service area, we know that only 69% of students from low-income families graduate high school. Literacy programs help families to be stronger and provide people sustainable opportunities to support themselves through work, contributing ultimately to the economic growth of our region and our country."
"Low literacy costs the nation more than two hundred billion dollars each year in lost productivity, as well as an additional one to two billion in health and safety issues," said Kevin Morgan, president
In recognition of International Literacy Day, C. E. F. S. is having an open house for information about their free programs, for which volunteers assist adults with preparing for the GED r, learning basic computer skills, counting change, telling time, and learning English as a new language. For Effingham County families, C. E. F. S. assists with children's education, library services, parenting, and whole-family literacy.
For more information on the OPEN HOUSE on Monday, September 8, from 4 pm to 6 pm, or other C. E. F. S. literacy services, please visit 204 W. Washington or call 217-347-7033.