A surprising statistic for you – around 44% of adult Australians has literacy levels that make everyday tasks very difficult. Sadly, our numeracy levels are worse with over half of Australian adults scoring low on international surveys.
If you have been able to read this so far, fortunately, you are likely not a contributor to this statistic.
Low literacy or numeracy ability is not just being able to read this blog. It is so much more. Social exclusion, financial hardship, struggle to pay for a coffee, not being able to help your kids with their homework or hearing your child tackling with their first words and dreading when they ask, “What’s this word?”, in their high pitched inquisitive little voices.
More worryingly, however, is the health impact this can have on individuals. Not being able to read instructions on a medical prescription and let’s not even start with reading the health benefits of chia seeds, matcha powder and goji berries – what berries? Low fat, reduced fat, no added sugar, aaargh.
More practical low literacy levels can have a real impact on one’s employment prospects.
Workplaces never used to require as much arduous paperwork or there may be a entry exam as a part of the recruitment process. Now there are logbooks for trucks drivers, OH&S requirements for factory workers to follow, policies to read and seemingly endless forms to complete.
So what can we do?
Here at Cire we have a number of Everyday Living Skill courses to not only improve your literacy and numeracy, but also improve your life skills, and in turn, your confidence and social interaction, all in a supportive and fun environment.
From Everyday English and Maths to Independent Living and cooking in Kitchen Kaos. There is such a diverse range of courses to help anyone who wants to learn.
One day you can be going to the laundry mat or cooking up spaghetti bolognaise and the next increasing your reading and writing or setting out a simple budget in maths.
“My reading, writing and maths have really improved since starting at Cire. This makes me feel happy and more confident”. I also like coming to class to socialise with others – Robyn, Student, Everyday Learning Skills
Here are just some of the great courses on offer,
- Independent Living
- Kitchen Kaos and healthy living
- Tech Hub
- Everyday English
- Intermediate English
- Everyday Maths
- Smart Money
If you or someone you know wants to learn more about our courses, please contact Cire on 1300 835 235 for further information. We also offer a free trial where you can attend a session to see whether the course suits your needs.