Adult Literacy

In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau reported that Texas tied with California for the lowest percentage of its population 25 or older who has a high school diploma or a GED credential. According to the Texas Workforce Investment Council, some 4.3 million Texans met the federal requirements of qualifying for adult education in 2011–they were over age 16, not in school, did not have a high school diploma or a GED credential or speak, read or write English well.

We offer resources and guidance to churches interested in starting adult literacy programs. Contact lester@literacyconnexus.org for information on using the Bible to teach adults to read.

Adult literacy education was revolutionized in 1930 by Frank C. Laubach, missionary to the Moro people of the Philippines. Laubach’s Each One Teach One literacy campaign stimulated an evangelistic harvest among the Moros, and a literacy education movement that continues to this day. Known as the Apostle to the Illiterates, Laubach viewed literacy education as an extension of his Christianity, and believed that God had opened a door for this work which no man could close.

Literacy Connexus is proud of this heritage and seeks to fulfill Laubach’s vision of mobilizing the Christian church to lead the crusade for literacy education. We have training and support available for churches desiring to implement literacy missions ministry, and guidance for using the Bible in literacy instruction.

Refer to the Texas Center for the Advancement of Literacy and Learning (TCALL) for a directory of literacy providers throughout Texas.

Contact Lester Meriwether, Executive Director, for more information: lester@literacyconnexus.org