National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week raises public awareness about the need for and value of adult education and family literacy. Its goal is to increase financial and societal support for access to basic education programs for U.S. adults with low literacy, numeracy, and digital skills. Advocates across the country use this opportunity to elevate adult education and family literacy nationwide with policymakers, the media, and the community.
AEFL Week Dates
In 2020, National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week will be observed from September 20 to September 26. NCL’s AEFL Week activities will focus on the foundational role of adult education in solutions to the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting recession and unemployment.
In 2021, National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week will be observed from September 19 to September 25.
Ways to Participate
- Start with toolkits and other resources for planning advocacy around AEFL week.
- Customize and share NCL’s AEFL Week social media messaging for direct service providers, policy makers, and donors.
- Host an activity or event to raise awareness of adult education and family literacy.
AEFL Week originated when the National Coalition for Literacy worked with then-Congressman Jared Polis (CO) and Senators Patty Murray (WA) and Lamar Alexander (TN) to create a Congressionally-recognized designation that would draw attention to the importance of adult education and family literacy. Since then, NCL has sponsored AEFL Week in September each year on behalf of its members and the field as a whole, and has worked with Members of Congress to have the week recognized through resolutions in the Senate and the House of Representatives.