The Social Costs of Illiteracy in Australia

The Social Costs of Illiteracy in Australia

Illiteracy doesn’t just affect the person who suffers from illiteracy directly. If one person is illiterate, it creates a ripple effect throughout society. How? When a person lacks the literacy skills to read, write and effectively communicate they become vulnerable to unemployment and social exclusion.  In worst case scenarios this can lead to depression, homelessness and drug and alcohol abuse. This can then create a cycle of poverty.

You might be thinking: surely, it’s not that big of a problem in Australia? Unfortunately, you’d be wrong. A survey conducted by OECD’s Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies revealed that more than 40% of the participants lacked proficient literacy skills.

For those who deal with low literacy skills, even ordinary tasks like sending an email or reading a menu are arduous. The hardest thing to deal with however, is the shame they feel, struggling in a society that assumes everyone can read and write.

What can we do to help?

We can start with our own children and ensure we give them access to the tools they need to become competent and confident readers. That’s where Decodable Readers Australia can help. Our beginner reader series of phonics-based books helps children to learn the five essential components of learning to read – phonemic awareness, phonics, comprehension, vocabulary and fluency.

Decodable Readers Australia is the only beginner reader series to include 20 phonics-based books in each level. With 20 phonics-based books, your child can master each set of phonics properly before moving on. Having 20 different stories to choose from also means there is a variety of characters and themes to suit your children’s varying interests.

Contact Decodable Readers Australia for more information

If you would like to improve your child’s literacy skills, contact Decodable Readers Australia. Our educators are happy to answer any queries you may have or offer advice on which level will best suit your child.