Cell-Ed partners with the State of New York, the Barbara Bush Foundation and the Dollar General Literacy Foundation for the 1 Million Learner Challenge, providing free skills courses via mobile technology
Mobile-first learning company Cell-Ed announced that it will provide free access to its skill-building courses in subjects including reading, math, and work readiness, along with live education coaches and easy-to-read COVID-19 guides to one million adults over any mobile device, with no internet service required, through the end of 2020.
In the U.S., a staggering 36 million adults possess low literacy skills. Over 8 million of these adults struggle to read even short texts to locate information. These adults are put at greater risk within the context of the COVID-19 pandemic as they likely have reduced access to information on how to protect their families and themselves.
As low-literate and low-income adults are currently cut off from online remote learning and life-saving information about COVID-19 because they lack internet access, computers and smartphones, this already disproportionately impacted population is struggling to continue to learn and stay safe.
“Cell-Ed’s 1 Million Learner Challenge” specifically targets low-skilled, marginalized communities—including essential workers—with support from official partners including the State of New York Office for New Americans, the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy and the Dollar General Literacy Foundation.
“One in five adults in the U.S. cannot read at a time when interpreting life-saving health announcements and applying for a job in the most competitive employment market in generations depends on it,” said Jessica Rothenberg-Aalami, CEO and founder of Cell-Ed. “I am profoundly grateful to our literacy-leading partners for enabling Cell-Ed to launch this Challenge to reach, teach, and support one million always-striving adult learners.”