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Press Utrecht 19 September 2019 09:30 EU/Amsterdam

a.s.r. pensioenen starts collaboration with Stichting Lezen & Schrijven

a.s.r. pensioenen is starting a collaboration with Stichting Lezen & Schrijven (Reading & Writing Foundation). The launch of the collaboration is a donation of 20,000 euro. This sum has been released from pensions amounting to less than 2 euro, which expired on 1 January 2019. Instead of reinvesting this money, a.s.r. will work together with Stichting Lezen & Schrijven to reduce the number of illiterate people in the Netherlands.

In the Netherlands, 2.5 million adults have great difficulty in reading, writing and/or with arithmetic. As a result, they often find it difficult to work on a computer, tablet or smartphone. This group includes approximately 750,000 employees. Low literacy has a major impact on their personal lives. People who are not good at reading and writing are less likely to find a job, often live less healthily and have less control over money matters. People with low literacy levels also often find it difficult to understand their pension. Stichting Lezen & Schrijven and its partners ensure that as many people as possible in the Netherlands can read, write, do arithmetic and have digital skills. 

With the support of a.s.r. pensioenen, Stichting Lezen & Schrijven will be working in the near future to reach more illiterate employees. 

Folkert Pama, Director Customer Services at a.s.r. pensioenen: ‘We have found a true partner in Stichting Lezen & Schrijven, who are also an advocate of making people self-reliant, one of a.s.r.’s missions. It goes without saying that we make every effort to keep pension communication comprehensible, as we know that many people have difficulty with this. Our collaboration with the Foundation will hopefully contribute to that’.  

Geke van Velzen, director and officer of Stichting Lezen & Schrijven: ‘For Stichting Lezen & Schrijven, collaboration with the business community is an essential part of our approach to illiteracy. With organisations like a.s.r., we can achieve more to reduce and prevent illiteracy. We very much look forward to a long and successful collaboration.