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There are some 775 million people across the world that don’t have basic literacy skills. That’s around one in five adults. The majority of these are women.
International Literacy Day is being planned for September 8, and will be celebrated around the world with the theme "Literacy and skills development". Despite progress made, too many people grow up without being able to read or write. At the same time the demands for skills required for work is evolving. Literacy has evolved. Literacy is digital.
United Nations teams are looking at ways to help people who are still new to internet-connected technologies—collectively, half of the world’s population. They’re suggesting wants to find and use digital services. They say that users that develop digital skills seek out new and empowering digital solutions and commonly teach others how to use technology. This fuels growth and development. This could support those hundreds of millions of people currently unable to read or write.
We also recognise the challenges of maintaining and building digital literacy in the workplace. Age-inclusive employers should be mindful of how we, ourselves, grow our digital skills. The world is evolving. Work is evolving. Don’t let your company or career get left behind. Talk to usabout making your workplace inclusive today.