At Peters we have a keen interest in the nation’s literacy crisis and the fundamental impact it can have on life expectancy. The National Literacy Trust has just entered its 25th year, and to highlight the importance of literacy, it will be publishing a series of insightful reports throughout 2018 on why literacy is so crucial and how it can impact how long we live and why.
Building on evidence from a previous report, Literacy Changes Lives, which presented key evidence on how literacy and life chances (in particular, socio-economic factors such as family life, economic wellbeing, civic engagement, physical and mental health) are intertwined, the Literacy and Life Expectancy report presents fascinating key findings on why life expectancy is shorter when children in particular, face literacy challenges. For example, people with poor literacy skills are more likely to have lower incomes, poor health behaviours and shorter life expectancy.
A full, in-depth report can be found here, and the key takeaway is that literacy matters, which is why it is so important a love for reading starts early.
To help combat this literacy crisis, the National Literacy Trust has worked tirelessly since its creation to develop long-term campaigns to drive up local literacy levels and create a love for reading, especially in deprived regions, cities and towns such as Bradford, Middlesbrough, Peterborough and Stoke-on-Trent. And during 2018, these efforts will be even more prevalent with their presence in local communities and the launch of literacy campaigns in crucial areas.