Adult literacy now at 87 per cent
The Jamaican Foundation for Lifelong Learning (JFLL) is reporting that the country’s adult literacy rate is now at 87 per cent.
Deputy Executive Director and Director of Education Services at the JFLL, Dr Grace-Camille Munroe, said this is very positive, as the island is coming from a rate of 50 per cent in 1974.
She noted, however, that Jamaica is still lagging behind some of its Caribbean neighbours.
Munroe, who was addressing a JIS ‘Think Tank’ on Tuesday, said that in terms of Jamaica lagging behind, this affects the country’s productivity and competitiveness.
“According to organisations such as the World Bank and the World Economic Forum, Jamaica needs to do more,” she said.
“Therefore, the JFLL is modernising and expanding what we offer to ensure that where people live, move and have their being, they have access to education. Education is not just about literacy and numeracy; it is about life chances, it is about equipping adults to be able to make effective decisions that will impact their lives, their families, their workplaces and their communities."
She stressed that the JFLL has been on a mission to increase adult literacy by modernising its material and offering programmes that will help adult learners to find better jobs or transition to post-secondary education.