Several events taking place across Canada; Canadians can celebrate by participating in literacy activities
(Toronto, ON, April 1, 2011) – International Adult Learners’ Week (IALW), an initiative that celebrates adult learners and the joy of lifelong learning, is being marked this week in Canada from April 2 to 9.
Officially launched in 2000 by the Canadian Commission for UNESCO alongside its partner organizations, IALW provides adult learners with a chance to express their challenges, share their success stories and highlight the learning opportunities available for those who want to improve their literacy skills.
“International Adult Learners’ Week is the perfect opportunity for Canadian adults to embrace lifelong learning and improve their literacy skills,” says Margaret Eaton, President of ABC Life Literacy Canada. “The stories that are being shared this week by adult learners across the country are very inspiring, and we hope they will encourage other adults to improve their reading, writing and math skills.”
A number of events and activities are taking place across the country to celebrate the week:
Four out of 10 adult Canadians, age 16 to 65 - representing 9 million Canadians - struggle with low literacy. Less than 10 per cent of Canadians who could benefit from literacy upgrading programs actually enroll, yet the benefits of improving literacy levels are infinite.
“Attending (the literacy program) has given me the confidence in myself I never had before,” says Paula, an adult learner at St. Charles Adult Education Centre, a literacy program offered through the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board in Hamilton, Ontario. “It has encouraged me to look forward to my goals and go after them. It’s been a wonderful experience. I’m happy that I took this chance and came back to school. I have been meeting some wonderful teachers and classmates.”
Many personal stories being celebrated during IALW prove that increasing literacy levels and embracing lifelong learning can improve employment experiences, self-confidence, engagement in communities, and the overall quality of life. To read more inspiring stories from adult learners who have upgraded their skills, visit www.abclifeliteracy.ca.
All Canadians can celebrate IALW by embracing lifelong learning and practicing their literacy skills. Here are some activities to do during the week, and year-round, to help keep literacy skills sharp:
If you or someone you know is interested in improving their reading, writing and math skills, look in the Yellow Pages directories under the heading LEARN or visit LookUnderLearn.ca to find a local literacy helpline.
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