Strategic plan needed for literacy

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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.

Derrick Sheppard,

Chairman of the board of directors,

Literacy Newfoundland and Labrador

Geographic location: Newfoundland and Labrador

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  • Cashin Delaney
    August 09, 2013 - 00:11

    Disband these silly corporatations of do-gooders and/or retired educators who, dispite their high literacy rate and essiential skills, need to form government-sponsored bodies to extend their dependance on a contrived corporate welfare & patronage system. We are a small population to have so many organizations floating around confounding issues. Literacy is not the core issue here. Food, clothing and shelter - community - is the issue. Illiteracy is the side-effect of generational lack of essientials, institutional opression/disengagement and lack of community. I suggest not calling on government, and coming up with a better grassroots effort to help people build toward a better community. A large part of daily functioning in democratic societies is learning to also read between the lines when our champion community technocrats blame their government for problems beyond either of their scope of initiative. In an era where Canadians want to abolish the Senate, do we need these microcosms of a similar nature?