Literacy & Numeracy is a critical issue for NZ
Literacy and numeracy are important aspects of communication. They affect how we see ourselves and how others view us. They either support or limit the degree to which we can participate in family, community and working life. They are vital skills in a digital age.
40% of New Zealanders do not have the literacy skills they need for home, work and life. Low literacy and numeracy levels impact on every aspect of the home, from grocery shopping and bank statements through to understanding school reports and helping children with homework.
Low Literacy in the workplace affects productivity, efficiency and safety
In the workplace, low literacy and numeracy affect productivity and efficiency, and can potentially compromise worker health and safety. According to the New Zealand Government website Skills Highway, one million Kiwis don’t have the literacy and numeracy skills required for the modern workplace.
Improving literacy and numeracy increases self esteem. This in turn empowers people to make positive changes in their lives and express themselves within the broader community.
At the individual level, higher literacy rates are associated with improved health, higher education, greater income and more sophisticated social skills. In the workplace, this translates to higher production, increased efficiency, less waste, stronger teams and reduced absenteeism.