It is next to impossible to function in any area of modern society without reading skills. There are however many people who do not possess these skills and must struggle to earn money, support their families and just try to get by in life. In fact, access to education is now defined as a basic human right and is enshrined in the South African Constitution. However, most of the people who are illiterate in South Africa are adults who were not allowed to receive an education under the previous government. It is up to the people who have had the benefit of an education to assist in whatever means possible to ensure everybody has reading skills in this country.