National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week was celebrated September 24-30, 2017.
National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week raises public awareness about the need and value of adult education and family literacy in order to leverage resources to support access to basic education programs for the 36 million U.S. adults with low literacy skills. Advocates across the country use this opportunity to elevate adult education and family literacy nationwide with policymakers, the media, and the community.
According to TESOL's website, "By 2018, 63% of all jobs in the United States will require an education beyond high school. With more than 1.8 million immigrants arriving in the United States each year, adult education and literacy programs are more important than ever. More than 700,000 adults are currently enrolled in English literacy programs across the country, 37% of whom are unemployed but looking to improve their English language proficiency. This page provides resources for TESOL professionals looking to advocate for adult English learners, along with research and classroom materials to help improve existing adult literacy programs."
According to the Pro-Literacy Toolkit, "The goal of National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week is to work side-by-side in every state, territory, and district to heighten public awareness, strengthen alliances, leverage resources, and increase the number of people who understand the vital role adult education and family literacy plays in our nation’s well-being.