The Importance of Reading and Writing – Literacy in Europe

The issue of Literacy or the lack there of remains to be an issue in Europe despite the fact that in the last couple of centuries there have been huge improvements in the amount of people who are able to read and write. But the issue with those who either can’t read or write at all, or do it very poorly is that today is a society where reading is the foundation for learning as most learning resources are written. Not being able to read correctly in the modern age means not learning many skills needed for work, and day to day living as it is expected that everyone know how to read and write in the modern age.

Problems Illiteracy Creates

There are many problems that illiteracy creates many of them economic. Those that don’t read and write well often can’t get high paying skilled jobs and thus won’t be paid much; this in turn leads to people working but still living in poverty. But unemployment is related to those who don’t read and write well as they are less likely to get jobs due to there being fewer jobs that the person will be able to perform properly. For those that are working but having trouble reading or writing this means that they have to rely on their co-workers who can read and write better than them to help them often times. This leads to less productivity, and thus less money being made by the company per hour, leading to less growth in the economy. There are also work related injury statistics related to those that don’t read well-being higher as they often aren’t able to read the safety instructions for the job.

Beyond Recognition

With today’s economy there are less low skilled jobs that one can get away unnoticed that they can’t read properly which is leading to more unemployment for those that can’t read properly. For those reasons governments all across Europe have created programs for those children to adults to help them get free help, and resources in order to get more people up to par with their reading, and writing skills. The generations that are most affected by the problem of illiteracy are the older generations as the younger generations have significantly less problems with reading and writing which is good news for the future. But the generations having problems aren’t just those that should be retired they are those in their early forties and up meaning they should be in the work force for much longer, and if they haven’t saved for retirement it means they will either have to work forever, or stay in poverty most of the time both.

Illiteracy in immigration

For those that immigrate for other poorer countries outside of Europe there is a higher chance for them to struggle with the language of the country they moved to including both reading and writing. With huge influxes of immigrants moving to Europe every year this poses a huge problem as while Europe as a whole knows how to read and write pretty well this changes things. Some of the countries globally are facing huge illiteracy problems to the point that only one third of the country may know how to read and write and that is in their native language. To combat this problem there have been programs designed to help those that are not just learning to speak a new language but how to read, and write it as well. These programs focus on skills for employment as well as that is important to the economy in Europe but also for the immigration process as well. Overall in a modern age where reading is essential illiteracy will remain a problem until everyone can read, and write.