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The Low Literacy Challenge

Low literacy is a fundamental problem that is inhibiting almost two million (in the Netherlands alone) to partake to the fullest extend in the society as we see it today. Controversially to popular belief, of these two million people 1,3 million people are between the ages of 16 and 65. Meanwhile, this number is still growing! Thus, low literacy is not something of the past but definitely also of the future. People that are low literate can read and write but slow and on a very low level. They furthermore often experience problems with arithmetic and digital competencies. The lack of these basic competencies limits the ability of these people to actively participate in the community and society.

The low literate group Eindhoven Engine works with is also referred to as the NT1 group and consists of Dutch people (natives) who have difficulty with the Dutch language. The NT2 group is used with expats or immigrants (Dutch is not their first language) who have difficulty with the Dutch language. The need to help both groups and make sure they can participate in society is clear.

Eindhoven Engine is currently working hard to set up action-based research and experiments in consultation with the participants of this project (including Gemeente Eindhoven, Bibliotheek Eindhoven, stichting ABC, Hulan Games, and more). During previous co-creation sessions with these participants, three main directions were identified.

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These three directions provide guidance for Eindhoven Engine and the above parties to get serious about reducing this social problem. However, we are open to other ideas and directions if you have them!

Whether you are a student, a young professional or a company that is interested in working with us on these problems contact us on office@eindhovenengine.nl ! We are always looking for enthusiastic students and companies to pick up these projects and turn them into something valuable.