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2020 Arizona Adult Literacy Week


The sixteenth annual Arizona Adult Literacy Week (AALW) is scheduled to begin Sunday, February 9, 2020 and will continue through Saturday, February 15, 2020. The purpose of Arizona Adult Literacy Week is to increase awareness of the importance of adult literacy including its impact on quality of life and economic recovery through creating an educated citizenry. It is important because approximately 14% of Arizonan’s do not have a high school diploma or its equivalent and are not enrolled in school. Furthermore, approximately 10% of Arizonan’s over the age of 18 cannot communicate effectively in English. Arizona Adult Literacy Week celebrates the hard work and accomplishments of adult education programs, instructors, volunteers, community organizations and of course adult learners.

AALW is the perfect time for literacy advocates and organizations to engage policymakers, donors, the media, and their communities in making literacy a priority. Make the most of this opportunity and use the time now to start planning how your organization will recognize AALW. Make the most of this opportunity to raise awareness of the need for adult education. 

We have seen how AALW makes a difference in communities throughout Arizona and how it directly impacts the lives of those who are involved. We encourage you to celebrate adult literacy in your program sites and classrooms and look forward to seeing how your adult learners share their incredible talents and educational dreams.



Official Proclamation



Suggested Program-Wide AALW Activities

Here are some suggested activities to get your program started:

  1. Promote adult education locally through outreach and recruitment events and open houses
  2. Have your students create a digital story about their family by merging written and spoken narration with images
  3. Publish a program-wide newsletter with success stories and announcements about adult ed
  4. Students write essays about current events and entries are compiled into a booklet
  5. Have your students write their own Adult Literacy Success Story and share with ADE/AES (include a digital photo and release form so that the story can be shared)

    Suggested Student AALW Activities

    Here are some suggested activities to engage your students in AALW 2020:

    1. Have your students create a digital story about their family by merging written and spoken narration with images
    2. Conduct a ‘film festival’ where students can produce/direct their own short-films using their phone camera
    3. Publish a program-wide magazine and call on students to contribute fiction or non-fiction writing to it
    4. Students write essays about current events and entries are compiled into a booklet
    5. Have your students write their own Adult Literacy Success Story and share with ADE/AES (include a digital photo and release form so that the story can be shared)

    Proposed AALW program events/activities

    Please use the form below to keep us posted as to the projects and events you have planned in your program areas and local communities.


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