Literacy Newfoundland and Labrador


What's New?

We've Learned about Embedding Skills in Youth Projects!

News | Posted: December 5, 2014
Is it possible to improve your literacy and essential skills while learning how to build a qamutik? What about while making seal skin mittens? Or building benches? Three years ago we had no idea if you could, but now we do! During the past year pilot projects in Labrador had youth creating beautiful seal skin mittens in L’Anse au Loup and Port Hope Simpson. Our demonstration projects continue this fall, with unique initiatives in Nain Postville, and L’Anse au Loup.

Notice of Cancellation: Call to Partner for the 2014-2015 Opportunities Program

News | Posted: December 5, 2014
As a result of the recent withdrawal of federal funding, Literacy NL is forced to cancel its Call to Partner for the 2014-2015 Opportunities Program. Between 2008 and 2014, the Opportunities Program provided fiscal and program support to wonderful learning partnership initiatives with 37 local community organizations. Read more for feedback on the value of the program from some of our many valued partners .

Literacy NL Facing Possible Closure

News | Posted: December 5, 2014
As a result of the recent withdrawal of federal funding, Literacy NL is forced to enact closure of certain programs immediately, and is facing possible dissolution of the organization as early as March 2015. At risk are a range of literacy programs supporting youth, family, adults, seniors, and municipalities - Opportunities Program, One Book One Child, Family Literacy Day, Embedded Youth Literacy - along with continuing initiatives in the areas of awareness, research and resources, professional development, and knowledge dissemination.

Ontario, Newfoundland students among world’s most computer literate: study

Research | Posted: November 21, 2014
Globe and Mail, November 20, 2014 - Students in two Canadian provinces proved more computer literate than the international average in a new test meant to help educators and policy makers understand how integrating technology in schools affects children’s skills. Newfoundland’s education minister, Susan Sullivan, said in a statement, “The results will help the provincial government make informed decisions about using technology to enhance teaching and learning.”

Preparing for Life in a Digital Age: Results for Ontario and Newfoundland and Labrador

Research | Posted: November 20, 2014
The International Computer and Information Literacy Study (ICILS) 2013 was administered to a random sample of approximately 60,000 Grade 8 students from about 3,300 schools in 20 countries, including two Canadian provinces — Ontario and Newfoundland and Labrador. Results on the ICILS 2013 were released in Amsterdam this morning. How well did we fare? Read on for Literacy NL's first review of the study.

Seniors Community Recreation Funding Supports Active Living

Funding | Posted: November 14, 2014
The Provincial Government is encouraging recreation committees and organizations province-wide to apply to the Seniors Community Recreation Grant Program. Funding is available to assist with the costs associated with recreational programming for seniors. Applications are now available online.

Family Literacy Day 2015: Order your materials now!

News | Posted: November 14, 2014
Literacy NL and ABC Life Literacy Canada encourages community organizations, schools and libraries to join with us again to celebrate Family Literacy Day® on or about January 27th, 2015, by hosting a family reading event at your local school or library. Complete your order by December 12th, 2014 and get in on the action!

Sustainable Investments in Essential Skills for Newcomers: A Case Study

Event | Posted: November 6, 2014
Immigrant-serving organizations are usually one of the first places immigrants go for information and services around skills development and employment. The Office of Literacy and Essential Skills (OLES) invites organizations and practitioners working to support immigrants in Canada to join them for a free webinar on Thursday, November 13, 2014 from 12:00pm – 1:30pm EST. This webinar will look at the successes of an OLES-funded one-year pilot project with the Calgary Immigrant Women’s Association (CIWA) to develop essential skills curriculum for immigrant women in the service industry.

November is Financial Literacy Month

Resources | Posted: November 4, 2014
Credit Counselling Services of Newfoundland and Labrador is celebrating with 8 free evening sessions offered by Al Antle, AFCC, QIC. The sessions cover financial basics from the perspective of specific areas of interest - single parent, student, New Canadians, people with disabilities, new couples, new homeowners, seniors, and retirees. Early registration is encouraged. More...

New approach needed for NL public policy & governance

Research | Posted: October 31, 2014
There is a need for rethinking how public policy and governance happens in this province, suggests a new report by Dr. Russell Williams, associate professor of political science, and Lucy MacDonald, Master of Arts candidate in political science, at Memorial University.

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