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Now IS The Time: International Literacy Day 2014

News | Posted: September 8, 2014
Literacy Newfoundland and Labrador has provided input to the provincial government over the past 7 years in an effort to bring a focus to the critical needs of literacy and skills development. We note that over this period the same key issues are raised, however, political will has not provided sufficient backing and resources to adequately address these important areas. We feel that our province is now at a critical crossroad for addressing and advancing literacy skills as a foundation for our province’s social and economic prosperity. Today, as we celebrate International Literacy Day 2014, we feel the time is right to reiterate this message. Now Is The Time to address the current and future impacts of low skills.

One Book, One Child Event to go ahead on Saturday, September 27th !

Resources | Posted: September 3, 2014
Be a champion for children's learning! Please join with Literacy NL in supporting our One Book, One Child event. Our campaign for new-and-gently-used children's books will go ahead at the Avalon Mall, on Saturday, September 27th. Join with families pulling their cartloads of books, children carrying in some of their favourite but now-outgrown books, and parents and grandparents arriving with newly purchased titles - all for sharing with other NL families.

Serious Skills Gap: NB literacy levels ahead of only NL

News | Posted: September 3, 2014
CBC News, Sept 02, 2014 - Marilyn Trenholme Counsell, the former lieutenant-governor of New Brunswick, said raising literacy levels must be a top election issue. Trenholme Counsell, the past president of the New Brunswick Literacy Coalition, wrote in an election op-ed for CBC News that the provincial government must take the issue of improving these literacy rates a priority. The province’s literacy levels are ahead of only Newfoundland and Labrador.

Canada Job Grant launches in NL

News | Posted: August 20, 2014
ST. JOHN'S, NL, Aug. 12, 2014 /CNW/ - The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development, and the Honourable Kevin O'Brien, Minister of Advanced Education and Skills, today announced that Newfoundland and Labrador is now accepting employer applications for the Canada Job Grant and are encouraging employers to apply.

Literacy is More than ABC

News | Posted: August 13, 2014
It is about strengthening communities. The goal of Literacy and Essential Skills training is to empower adults with the foundation skills required so that they can “Learn How to Learn”.

Summer Reading ...For Fun!

News | Posted: August 12, 2014
Summer provides some of the best opportunities for learning. Children learn best when they are actively engaged in mind and body. Summer Councillors across the provide put in a full day’s effort ensuring that children participate in all kinds of organized sports and play-based activities. Here is a Literacy NL guide to embedding learning in your summer programming!

Exploring Vibrancy in Programming and in Communities - eNewsletter

News | Posted: June 17, 2014
This newsletter features the Literacy NL Event: Adult Basic Education: Looking to the Past, Thinking About the Future, along with information on initiatives supporting rural and regional planning.

Adult Basic Education: Looking to the Past, Thinking About the Future

Professional Development | Posted: June 16, 2014
Literacy NL session, June 26 (Please note this is a rescheduled date) - This session will explore the history of adult basic education in the time before any involvement from government in adult education through to the present day. You’ll learn about the reform platform of the Fisheries Protective Union, the Opportunity Schools of the Newfoundland Adult Education Association, and more recent efforts in the field of basic education for adults. You’ll also see an archival videotape from a literacy program on the Northern Peninsula in the 70s, and talk with the program instructor. Having travelled the time line from the past to the present, participants will be asked to generate successful features of an adult basic education system for the future.

Literacy NL June 2014 Newsletter

News | Posted: June 4, 2014
Today's newsletter features a Literacy NL professional development opportunity on the history of adult basic education. Participants will be encouraged to generate successful features of an adult basic education system for the future. Current news from the LES field, upcoming webinars, funding opportunities, and information on resources round out this newsletter.

Strengthening Rural Canada: Pan-Canadian Initiative

News | Posted: June 2, 2014
Small and rural communities across Canada are integral to our environment, our cultural fabric and provide the essential natural resources for cities and suburbs to grow - yet across the country, many rural and remote communities are struggling to survive. Aging populations, the migration of youth to urban areas, diminished human capital and shifting economies are just some of the challenges facing many small communities in Canada. If we fail to identify and address these trends now, our small towns – and the resources, values and cultures they hold – will continue to fade.

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This project is funded by the Government of Canada’s Office of Literacy and Essential Skills.