Today, learning to read and write are becoming increasingly more complex. Proficiency in reading and writing — in traditional print formats — is essential for reading and learning in all subject areas and for daily functioning in democratic societies.
An adult literacy strategy and policy is needed to guide the province’s efforts to advance skills development, to improve literacy levels and to guide budgetary decisions.
On April 26, 2007, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador announced its intent to develop an enhanced Strategic Adult Literacy Plan for the province.
During the ensuing six-year period, Literacy NL has maintained its efforts to consult and engage with government on the development and release of the plan.
To date, no plan has been announced.
Without a strategic plan, our province has no means by which to gauge the intention or the effectiveness of government to deal with low literacy and to enhance skills development, nor to monitor its return on investments.
I call on government to work toward an early release date for such a strategy and policy.
Chairman of the board of directors,
Literacy Newfoundland and Labrador