7.5 million illiterate people in Germany

One in seven adults cannot read and write properly

7.5 million adults in this country are unable to read and write properly, which means that they repeatedly reach their limits in everyday life. Incomprehension through fellow human beings and the impossibility of organizing one's own life independently lead more and more illiterate people to withdraw from the public.

14.5% of the total population are “functional illiterates”. More and more people in Germany have great problems reading and writing. As the study "leo. - Level-One Study" on the literacy of 18 to 64-year-old adults has shown, 7.5 million people or 14.5% of the total population are now limited in their literacy skills and are therefore considered "functional illiterates" . This means that "functional illiteracy [..] is not a marginal problem, but a challenge for society as a whole", according to Ralf Häder of the Federal Association for Literacy and Basic Education.

Affected people withdraw more and more. The restrictions for those affected should not be underestimated, because most of them cannot shape their lives independently, but are constantly faced with limits: "Those affected always come up against limits: with every purchase, every way from A to B. These limits mean that they often withdraw completely, "Ralf Häder told the news agency dpa. In order to remain" undetected "in everyday life, many would build up a real" protection system "or the help of family and friends looking to accomplish the tasks of everyday life.

Illiteracy does not automatically mean exclusion from working life. However, according to Häder, a lack of reading and writing skills would not automatically lead to an unhappy life: "Not everyone lives badly, many have a job and a family." This was also the result “Leo study” came: “Functional illiterate people are by no means excluded from working life on a broad front. A key result of leo. - Level One study is that 57% of functional illiterate people are employed. The proportions collected for Germany largely coincide with those in France from those there Agence Nationale de la Lutte contre l'Illetrisme determined values, ”said Anke Grotlüschen, Wibke Riekmann and Klaus Buddeberg in a short report on the study.

Tabooing is a big problem. However, according to Häder there would be at least as many people affected, "who suffer from it and who cannot find the way out themselves", affecting men and women of all ages and backgrounds. A major problem is the taboo of illiteracy, as a result of which many affected people only gain incomprehension and blame from their environment, explains Häder to dpa. Accordingly, it cannot always be assumed that an open approach to one's own weakness is the best way, however, conversely, attempts should be made not to push the taboo further. According to Häder, that means speaking directly to his fellow human beings if they are suspected and offering help - so that the topic doesn't even get into the "taboo corner".

Specialist conference puts functional illiteracy in the public eye This year's specialist conference on literacy and basic education with the topic "New Actors - New Themes - New Places" aims to bring the problem of functional illiteracy among adults to the public. From October 28th to 30th, more than 200 experts from all over Germany and other European countries will meet in Nuremberg to present and discuss the latest research results, developments and projects. (No)

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